Definitions

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  • adv. In a manner not exact or precise; inaccurately.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a manner not exact or precise; inaccurately.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an inexact manner; not exactly; not with accuracy or precision; not correctly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in an imprecise manner

Etymologies

inexact +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I would only that she returns to the lecturn and say it was her spokesman who was quoted "inexactly".

    Archive 2008-11-16

  • The usual spineless spokeman says that the Queen was quoted "inexactly".

    Archive 2008-11-16

  • The palace apologized but also claimed that she was "inexactly" quoted, and the gay community more or less accepted the apology.

    Citizen Crain

  • Or, rather, the villain of the piece is what Mr. Ahamed inexactly and unhelpfully describes as "the gold standard."

    How Bullion Lost Its Luster

  • The internet is my hard drive, but only if my needs are immediate and my requirements can be satisfied inexactly.

    When the Internet Is My Hard Drive, Should I Trust Third Parties?

  • The point is that in such political/journalistic verbiage-the "new covenant," the "new pragmatism," etc. -- "new" is just one more of those empty-calorie words meant to convey that something is good or bold or different or important, without ever bothering to tell you exactly (or even inexactly) why.

    The Folly Of 'Reinvention'

  • The statement said the queen had been quoted “inexactly” and suggested that Ms. Urbano had published comments intended to be private.

    Archive 2008-11-16

  • Point taken but, as alex implies, it is still disturbing that extensive and inexactly defined legislative powers are given to the executive particularly the current executive no matter what the subject of the basic legislation is.

    Abolition of Parliament Act returns

  • The proposition, “two straight lines cannot enclose a space”, when taken as applying literally, is only inexactly true; taken as exactly true it means something to the effect that “The more closely two smooth lines approach absolute breadthlessness and straightness, the smaller the space that they enclose.”

    John Stuart Mill

  • Those transactions were not merely apprehended inexactly because of this; they were falsified, and it did not seem possible that there would ever be an effective simplification.

    The Shape of Things to Come

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