Definition of imprecise in English:



  • Lacking exactness and accuracy of expression or detail.

    ‘the witness could give only vague and imprecise descriptions’
    • ‘It is always more difficult to try and justify the status quo than to wave the banner for a bold, if imprecise, vision of things to come.’
    • ‘All I did was illustrate how absurd and imprecise your label was with another absurd and imprecise label.’
    • ‘I suspect that the definition of spoiled child is as imprecise and variable as the kids you are likely to meet.’
    • ‘A stimulant is a rather imprecise term used for a variety of different kinds of drug, some with medical uses and others with only recreational use.’
    • ‘His notes and recollection were at times unclear, imprecise or entirely lacking.’
    • ‘Age can be determined, but it is imprecise and the final decision could well be up to individual inspectors.’
    • ‘These are important methods for looking into the past, but relatively imprecise for dating events.’
    • ‘The biggest source of error about the size and shape of the Sun is imprecise knowledge about the size and shape of the Moon.’
    • ‘Writing about graphic design unfortunately tends to be imprecise when not wholly inaccurate.’
    • ‘Any definition of qualitative research would be elusive, vague, and imprecise.’
    • ‘That memorandum is in somewhat general and imprecise terms.’
    • ‘Traditionally determinism has been given various, usually imprecise definitions.’
    • ‘The administration of justice is a very, very imprecise science.’
    • ‘As we noted earlier, the distinction between CIHD and other heart diseases is imprecise.’
    • ‘He made the very good point that the draft bill is imprecise.’
    • ‘Most stores will not be held liable if your custom window coverings do not fit due to your imprecise measurements.’
    • ‘The diagnosis of PND is becoming increasingly imprecise, with no agreed and universally accepted symptoms.’
    • ‘I try to persuade them that holistic medicine need not be, indeed must not be, woolly and imprecise.’
    • ‘Compared to music, he felt that words were imprecise and crude when describing emotions.’
    • ‘In a very loose and imprecise sense that may be accurate but it is not accurate for the purpose of proper analysis.’
    inexact, approximate, estimated, rough
    vague, loose, indefinite, inexplicit, indistinct, non-specific, unspecific, coarse-grained, broad, general, sweeping
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