• First attested in the 1610's.
  • (exactness): First attested in the 1650's.
  • From Latin accūrātus ‎(done with care), perfect past participle of accūrō ‎(take care of); from ad- ‎(to, towards, at) + cūrō ‎(take care), from cūra ‎(care).
  • See cure.



accurate ‎(comparative accurater or more accurate, superlative accuratest or most accurate)

  1. In exact or careful conformity to truth; the result of care or pains; free from failure, error, or defect; exact; as, an accurate calculator; an accurate measure; accurate expression, knowledge, etc.
    • 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, page x
      For more than 90% of the figures (mostly drawn during 1976-1990), either a scale, or the given magnification, will allow the user to derive accurate measurements, even when these are lacking in the diagnosis.
  2. Deviating only slightly or within acceptable limits.
  3. (obsolete) Precisely fixed; executed with care; careful.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Bacon, (Please provide the title of the work):
      Those conceive the celestial bodies have more accurate influences upon these things below.

Usage notesEdit

  • We speak of a thing as correct with reference to some rule or standard of comparison; as, a correct account, a correct likeness, a man of correct deportment.
  • We speak of a thing as accurate with reference to the care bestowed upon its execution, and the increased correctness to be expected therefrom; as, an accurate statement, an accurate detail of particulars.
  • We speak of a thing as exact with reference to that perfected state of a thing in which there is no defect and no redundancy; as, an exact coincidence, the exact truth, an exact likeness.
  • We speak of a thing as precise when we think of it as strictly conformed to some rule or model, as if cut down thereto; as a precise conformity instructions; precisely right; he was very precise in giving his directions.



Derived termsEdit







  1. Inflected form of accuraat



accurate f pl

  1. feminine plural of accurato




From accūrātus ‎(elaborate, exact)


accūrātē (comparative accūrātius, superlative accūrātissimē)

  1. carefully, precisely, exactly

Related termsEdit


  • accurate in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • accurate in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • accurate” in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • a carefully written book: liber accurate, diligenter scriptus
  • Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, 1st edition. (Oxford University Press)