See also: précise, precisé, and précisé

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Etymology

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From Middle French précis, from Latin praecisus, perfect passive participle of praecīdere, from prae- (before, in front) +‎ caedere (cut; strike), cognate with English hit. Related to English incise. Doublet of précis.

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /pɹɪˈsaɪs/
  • Audio (Southern England):(file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪs
  • Hyphenation: pre‧cise

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precise (comparative more precise or preciser, superlative most precise or precisest)

  1. Exact, accurate.
    Antonyms: inexact, imprecise
    • 1921, Bertrand Russell, The Analysis of Mind:
      A memory is "precise" when the occurrences that would verify it are narrowly circumscribed: for instance, "I met Jones" is precise as compared to "I met a man." A memory is "accurate" when it is both precise and true, i.e. in the above instance, if it was Jones I met.
    • 2018, James Lambert, “A multitude of ‘lishes’: The nomenclature of hybridity”, in English World-Wide[1], page 7:
      Individually, some of these definitions fall into the common definitional trap of being overly precise.
  2. (sciences, of experimental results) Consistent, clustered close together, agreeing with each other (this does not mean that they cluster near the true, correct, or accurate value).
    Antonyms: inconsistent, varying
  3. Adhering too much to rules; prim or punctilious.

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precise (third-person singular simple present precises, present participle precising, simple past and past participle precised)

  1. (nonstandard, European Union documents, transitive) To make or render precise; to specify.
    • 2011, Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on the Common Fisheries Policy:
      This proposal for a new basic regulation is justified because there is a need to precise the objectives of the CFP.

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Galician

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Verb

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precise

  1. inflection of precisar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative

Italian

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Adjective

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precise

  1. feminine plural of preciso

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precise f pl

  1. feminine plural of preciso

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precise

  1. third-person singular past historic of precidere

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precise

  1. inflection of precisar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative

Spanish

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Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): (Spain) /pɾeˈθise/ [pɾeˈθi.se]
  • IPA(key): (Latin America) /pɾeˈsise/ [pɾeˈsi.se]
  • Rhymes: -ise
  • Syllabification: pre‧ci‧se

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precise

  1. inflection of precisar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative