Definition of inaccuracy in US English:


nounPlural inaccuracies

  • 1The quality or state of not being accurate.

    ‘a weapon of notorious inaccuracy’
    • ‘That one scaremongering piece of inaccuracy aside, the lack of coverage is still remarkable.’
    • ‘The question may well become one of the degree of unfairness or inaccuracy, and the reason why unfairness and inaccuracy has crept in.’
    • ‘The team will ransack every word of testimony, memo and report for any inaccuracy, inconsistency or contradiction.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Bear in mind that working from memory is one of the most common causes of journalistic inaccuracy.’
    • ‘It is because data is incomplete and not because of software inaccuracy that we have had problems.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Should a tape recording be permitted it would not provide a guarantee that inaccuracy and disagreement will be removed.’
    • ‘Other writers may have been mistrustful of the notorious inaccuracy of the process of printing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Such a weapon could be therefore used with accurate delivery against hardened targets, or with moderate inaccuracy against unprotected targets.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are lots of ways in which inaccuracy could have crept into this final result.’
    • ‘I find that the foolishness and inaccuracy of some anti-drug ads ruins the effectiveness of accurate programs to promote heathy decisions.’
    • ‘What is, in your judgment, the biggest mistake or inaccuracy that the president and general is making about the situation here?’
    • ‘Imprecise language is a breeding ground for inaccuracy, and can be easily avoided.’
    • ‘I am not asking you to debate the accuracy or inaccuracy of that proposition of law.’
    • ‘Firstly, automated devices have been notorious for their inaccuracy, although accurate devices are now appearing on the market.’
    • ‘Even British journalists concede that the dark side of their emphasis on speed and exclusivity is the persistent problem of inaccuracy.’
    • ‘Some cars have computers that calculate this for you, but these are prone to inaccuracy.’
    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’
      • ‘I pointed out that the story was full of inaccuracies and untruths about me, but he was still very excited about the project.’
      • ‘We are happy to set the record straight, as we did in our News section last week, and apologise for the inaccuracies.’
      • ‘But it's not polite to complain about improbabilities and inaccuracies in other people's love letters.’
      • ‘Navigational inaccuracies were compensated for by developing bigger explosive forces.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We hope the publication of this letter will go some way towards correcting the inaccuracies in the article.’
      • ‘Almost every other paragraph in his letter contains inaccuracies, but there is insufficient space in this letter to rebut them all.’
      • ‘Others have pointed out the factual inaccuracies in most of the coverage.’
      • ‘I must break that rule because inaccuracies, if not challenged, can become perceived wisdom.’
      • ‘This is a truly dreadful movie, a hotchpotch of historical inaccuracies and romantic fiction.’
      • ‘She said the film was far from perfect and pointed out several inaccuracies.’
      • ‘Odder than the inaccuracies of such attitudes are the inconsistencies.’
      • ‘To be fair, speed cameras are usually set at 35 mph in a 30 mph area to allow for these inaccuracies.’
      • ‘But one assumes that the inaccuracies are more or less the same in both cases and so cancel one another out.’
      • ‘There is at least one factual inaccuracy and - worse - more than a suggestion that he accepted whatever Scottish Enterprise told him.’
      • ‘And residents have hit out, saying the report fails to address important issues and contains 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.’
      • ‘The second point is that in this particular report, there are a number of inaccuracies.’
      • ‘Among those of us who look on, a few will be curmudgeonly - carping at inaccuracies or misrepresentations of the original.’
      • ‘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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