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- n. Lack of precision or exactness; defect of accuracy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Lack of precision.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Want of precision or exactness; defect of accuracy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the quality of lacking precision
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MWDEU remarks that the phrase’s very imprecision is its greatest virtue: “writers don’t always want to be precise”.
The reason for the imprecision is the spread of durations of the individual bonds.
The budget office put a big asterisk on its forecast, using words like "imprecision" and
A CBO letter to Reid, dated Nov. 18, noted the "imprecision" of the calculation and the great degree of "uncertainty" inherent in healthcare reform finances.
And when, in the third minute of first-half stoppage time, the home side scored the goal they needed, the one that set them on the way to a deserved victory, it came from a moment of uncharacteristic imprecision by the exiled Catalan.
Washington isn't a party to the suit at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, but opposes the EU law on grounds of jurisdiction, imprecision in the program's rules and other issues.
Despite the imprecision, Lapan said the military believes insurgents killed far more civilians than U.S. and allied forces have in Iraq.
They describe the anti-terror laws passed in many Arab countries, in which “imprecision and ambiguity form a threat to basic freedoms”, and note that states have clearly “failed to find the required balance between the security of society and the preservation of individual rights and freedoms”.
Incidentally, imprecision about who "the rich" are is a persistent flaw in analyses like his.
But the imprecision also makes words more timeless and intimate.
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