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free from error or defect; consistent with a standard, rule, or model; precise; exact.
careful or meticulous:
an accurate typist.
Contemporary Examples

accurately predicting the future is, of course, a tricky business.
Plague or Plenty? New Report Envisions the World in 2030 Eli Lake December 10, 2012

The column does accurately describe the differences in services provided by individual airlines.
Those Awful Airline Fees From United, American, Delta, and the Rest Add Up William J. McGee August 12, 2012

People who actually used their phones primarily for work, who needed to type a lot (accurately), needed and loved the BlackBerry.
The BlackBerry’s Death Rattle Gets Louder Daniel Gross August 11, 2013

Silver is best known for accurately predicting the outcomes of the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections.
What Were the Odds That Nate Silver Would Leave The New York Times for ESPN? Only Nate Knows. Brandy Zadrozny July 19, 2013

The Republican accurately described the West Bank as “occupied territories” and then immediately took it back.
Chris Christie Dares to Speak the Truth About Palestinians Dean Obeidallah March 30, 2014

Historical Examples

He blends the accurately literal and trivial with the immensely poetic.
Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence

Much obliged to you for recalling it so accurately and anticipating me.
Little Dorrit Charles Dickens

How accurately it described his attitude toward Miss Hamilton.
Poor Relations Compton Mackenzie

He thought of how accurately she had guessed his position in life—if it was a guess.
In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories Robert Barr

We must accurately distinguish between grace and government.
Notes on the Book of Deuteronomy, Volume I Charles Henry Mackintosh

faithfully representing or describing the truth
showing a negligible or permissible deviation from a standard: an accurate ruler
without error; precise; meticulous

(to n significant digits) representing the first n digits of the given number starting with the first nonzero digit, but approximating to the nearest digit in the final position: since π = 3.14159…, the approximation 3.1416 is accurate to 5 significant digits.
(to n decimal places) giving the first n digits after the decimal point without further approximation: π = 3.1415 is in this sense accurate to 4 decimal places


1610s, “done with care,” from Latin accuratus “prepared with care, exact, elaborate,” past participle of accurare “take care of,” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + curare “take care of” (see cure). The notion of doing something carefully led to that of being exact (1650s). Related: Accurately; accurateness.


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    free from error or defect; consistent with a standard, rule, or model; precise; exact. careful or meticulous: an accurate typist. Contemporary Examples There is debate among economists and social scientists about which ratio is the most accurate. Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows, April 27 PunditFact.com April 26, 2014 The finding that one in five women are […]

  • Accurize

    to improve the accuracy of (a firearm). Historical Examples To accurize the stock, and you put this where you have all metal to wood contact in the stock. Warren Commission (10 of 26): Hearings Vol. X (of 15) The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

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  • Accursed

    under a curse; doomed; ill-fated. damnable; detestable. Contemporary Examples You wrote a draft of The accursed in the early 1980s, then abandoned it. The Devil and Woodrow Wilson: An Interview With Joyce Carol Oates Jane Ciabattari March 18, 2013 Her new novel, The accursed, is the fifth in her series of Gothic novels that began […]

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