Definition of inaccuracy in US English:



  • 1The quality or state of not being accurate.

    ‘a weapon of notorious inaccuracy’
    • ‘Firstly, automated devices have been notorious for their inaccuracy, although accurate devices are now appearing on the market.’
    • ‘That one scaremongering piece of inaccuracy aside, the lack of coverage is still remarkable.’
    • ‘Bear in mind that working from memory is one of the most common causes of journalistic inaccuracy.’
    • ‘Even British journalists concede that the dark side of their emphasis on speed and exclusivity is the persistent problem of inaccuracy.’
    • ‘Should a tape recording be permitted it would not provide a guarantee that inaccuracy and disagreement will be removed.’
    • ‘There are lots of ways in which inaccuracy could have crept into this final result.’
    • ‘The team will ransack every word of testimony, memo and report for any inaccuracy, inconsistency or contradiction.’
    • ‘The question may well become one of the degree of unfairness or inaccuracy, and the reason why unfairness and inaccuracy has crept in.’
    • ‘Imprecise language is a breeding ground for inaccuracy, and can be easily avoided.’
    • ‘Some cars have computers that calculate this for you, but these are prone to inaccuracy.’
    • ‘I am not asking you to debate the accuracy or inaccuracy of that proposition of law.’
    • ‘I find that the foolishness and inaccuracy of some anti-drug ads ruins the effectiveness of accurate programs to promote heathy decisions.’
    • ‘In 2001 only 24 percent of all complaints to the PCC about the media were brought relating to privacy - the rest are mainly for inaccuracy.’
    • ‘Is there a desire to make those quotations, to make those historical observations accurate, or is there a desire for inaccuracy to be in play?’
    • ‘It is because data is incomplete and not because of software inaccuracy that we have had problems.’
    • ‘Second, it is widely agreed that the best way of balancing freedom of speech on the one hand with protecting the public from inaccuracy and intrusion on the other is through self-regulation.’
    • ‘What is, in your judgment, the biggest mistake or inaccuracy that the president and general is making about the situation here?’
    • ‘This is partially due to the heavy load our lab must bear in its normal operation, and partly due to carbon dating's notorious inaccuracy in fossils of recent geologic record.’
    • ‘Other writers may have been mistrustful of the notorious inaccuracy of the process of printing.’
    • ‘Such a weapon could be therefore used with accurate delivery against hardened targets, or with moderate inaccuracy against unprotected targets.’
    incorrectness, inexactness, inexactitude, imprecision, erroneousness, mistakenness, fallaciousness, faultiness
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    1. 1.1 An aspect of something that is not accurate.
      ‘reference works full of inaccuracies’
      • ‘And residents have hit out, saying the report fails to address important issues and contains inaccuracies.’
      • ‘The second point is that in this particular report, there are a number of inaccuracies.’
      • ‘But it's not polite to complain about improbabilities and inaccuracies in other people's love letters.’
      • ‘We hope the publication of this letter will go some way towards correcting the inaccuracies in the article.’
      • ‘There is at least one factual inaccuracy and - worse - more than a suggestion that he accepted whatever Scottish Enterprise told him.’
      • ‘To be fair, speed cameras are usually set at 35 mph in a 30 mph area to allow for these inaccuracies.’
      • ‘She said the film was far from perfect and pointed out several inaccuracies.’
      • ‘But one assumes that the inaccuracies are more or less the same in both cases and so cancel one another out.’
      • ‘I must break that rule because inaccuracies, if not challenged, can become perceived wisdom.’
      • ‘We are happy to set the record straight, as we did in our News section last week, and apologise for the inaccuracies.’
      • ‘Ever since literary criticism expanded to include online chatter on the web, writers have been on their guard against the piranhas of the web, who feast on every inaccuracy and gang up shamelessly for the kill.’
      • ‘This is a truly dreadful movie, a hotchpotch of historical inaccuracies and romantic fiction.’
      • ‘I pointed out that the story was full of inaccuracies and untruths about me, but he was still very excited about the project.’
      • ‘This attempts to debunk a few myths, correct a few inaccuracies and enlighten us as to certain events that were omitted from the original book.’
      • ‘Navigational inaccuracies were compensated for by developing bigger explosive forces.’
      • ‘Among those of us who look on, a few will be curmudgeonly - carping at inaccuracies or misrepresentations of the original.’
      • ‘Almost every other paragraph in his letter contains inaccuracies, but there is insufficient space in this letter to rebut them all.’
      • ‘Odder than the inaccuracies of such attitudes are the inconsistencies.’
      • ‘Others have pointed out the factual inaccuracies in most of the coverage.’
      • ‘Having read carefully the report, there are a number of inaccuracies within that which I think are quite pertinent.’
      error, mistake, miscalculation, fallacy, slip, oversight, fault, blunder, gaffe, defect, flaw
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