precise

precise (adj.) mid-15c., from M.Fr. précis "condensed, cut short" (14c.), from M.L. precisus, from L. praecisus "abridged, cut off," pp. of praecidere "to cut off, shorten," from prae "before" (see PRE- (Cf. pre-)) + caedere "to cut" (see CEMENT (Cf. cement); for Latin vowel change, see ACQUISITION (Cf. acquisition)). Related: Precisely (late 14c.).

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  • Precise — Pre*cise , a. [L. praecisus cut off, brief, concise, p. p. of praecidere to cut off in front, to cut off; prae before + caedere to cut: cf. F. pr[ e]cis. Cf. {Concise}.] 1. Having determinate limitations; exactly or sharply defined or stated;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • precise — ► ADJECTIVE 1) marked by exactness of expression or detail. 2) very attentive to detail. 3) exact; particular: at that precise moment. DERIVATIVES precisely adverb preciseness noun. USAGE Strictly speaking, pre …   English terms dictionary

  • precise — [adj1] exact, accurate absolute, actual, categorical, circumscribed, clear cut, correct, decisive, definite, determinate, explicit, express, fixed, individual, limited, literal, narrow, nice, on the button*, on the money*, on the nose*,… …   New thesaurus

  • precise — [prē sīs′, prisīs′] adj. [MFr précis < L praecisus, pp. of praecidere, to cut off, be brief < prae , before (see PRE ) + caedere, to cut (see CIDE)] 1. strictly defined; accurately stated; definite 2. speaking definitely or distinctly 3.… …   English World dictionary

  • precise — I adjective accurate, careful, clean cut, clear cut, close, correct, critical, defined, definite, detailed, determinate, diligens, distinct, elegans, even, exact, explicit, express, faithful, fastidious, faultless, finical, finicky, flawless,… …   Law dictionary

  • précisé — précisé, ée (pré si zé, zée) part. passé de préciser. Une époque précisée. Des circonstances précisées …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • precise — exact, accurate, Correct, nice, right Analogous words: definite, express, Cxplicit: strict, *rigid, rigorous, stringent Antonyms: loose Contrasted words: lax, slack (see LOOSE): Careless, heedless …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • precise — pre|cise W3 [prıˈsaıs] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: précis, from Latin praecisus, from praecidere to cut off ] 1.) precise information, details etc are exact, clear, and correct = ↑exact ▪ precise sales figures ▪ It was difficult to… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • precise — [[t]prɪsa͟ɪs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: ADJ n (emphasis) You use precise to emphasize that you are referring to an exact thing, rather than something vague. I can remember the precise moment when my daughter came to see me and her new baby brother in… …   English dictionary

  • precise — pre|cise [ prı saıs ] adjective * 1. ) exact and accurate: Lara was able to tell me everything that had happened in precise detail. There is no precise definition of a storm. Can you be a little more precise? The precise date and place of his… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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