Precise vs. Exact

Precise vs. Exact — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Precise and Exact

Preciseadjective

Exact, accurate.

Exactadjective

Precisely agreeing with a standard, a fact, or the truth; perfectly conforming; neither exceeding nor falling short in any respect.

The clock keeps exact time.He paid the exact debt.an exact copy of a letterexact accounts

Preciseadjective

(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.

Exactadjective

Habitually careful to agree with a standard, a rule, or a promise; accurate; methodical; punctual.

a man exact in observing an appointmentIn my doings I was exact.

Preciseadjective

Adhering too much to rules; prim or punctilious.

Exactadjective

Precisely or definitely conceived or stated; strict.

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Preciseverb

To make or render precise.

Exactadjective

Such that the kernel of one homomorphism is the image of the preceding one.

Preciseadjective

sharply exact or accurate or delimited;

a precise mindspecified a precise amountarrived at the precise moment

Exactverb

(transitive) To demand and enforce the payment or performance of, sometimes in a forcible or imperative way.

to exact tribute, fees, or obedience from someone.

Preciseadjective

(of ideas, images, representations, expressions) characterized by perfect conformity to fact or truth ; strictly correct;

a precise imagea precise measurement

Exactverb

(transitive) To make desirable or necessary.

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Exactverb

(transitive) To forcibly obtain or produce.

to exact revenge on someone.

Exactadverb

exactly

She's wearing the exact same sweater as I am!

Exactverb

claim as due or just;

The bank demanded payment of the loan

Exactverb

take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs;

the accident claimed three livesThe hard work took its toll on her

Exactadjective

marked by strict and particular and complete accordance with fact;

an exact mindan exact copyhit the exact center of the target

Exactadjective

(of ideas, images, representations, expressions) characterized by perfect conformity to fact or truth ; strictly correct;

a precise imagea precise measurement