Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. In a precise manner.
  • adv. Used as an intensive: Inferior equipment was precisely the reason some hikers refused to continue the climb.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a precise manner; exactly.
  • adv. Used to provide emphasis

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a precise or exact manner; accurately; definitely; exactly; just
  • With strict conformity to rule; punctiliously; nicely; with over-scrupulous exactness in ceremony or behavior.

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

  • adv. in a precise manner
  • adv. just as it should be
  • adv. indicating exactness or preciseness

Etymologies

precise +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Well, then, you shall be married precisely -- _precisely_, now mind!

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 6

  • And it's such a terrible thing that we have to be careful to use the term precisely, because otherwise it could lead to our taking rape less seriously.

    Ferule & Fescue

  • Agreeing with commenter YS, and being a fan of jazz, I would bet that an author that much in love with both America and jazz would choose the term precisely for its resonance with many older readers.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Vasily Aksyonov, RIP:

  • Enthusiasts and critics alike embrace the term precisely because it advances the argument that the Augmented is the Other - and either an aspiration or a nightmare, as a result.

    "MAIN" via Steve in Google Reader

  • And as the definition of 'progressive' is a pet topic of mine, I think lefties should define the term precisely before debating whether something fits the term.

    politicalbetting.com

  • People complain that other social sciences and humanities are not precise enough, and then object when we wish to use a term precisely!

    What do we mean by ‘computer game’?

  • She could read his expression precisely: It said, I told you not to trust Schiller.

    Water Song

  • Neither label precisely describes the strange hybrid that now purports to run the country but many Zimbabweans both in and outside the country must be finding it hard to come to terms with the notion of sharing power with the very same people who were intent on beating your brains out yesterday.

    News

  • I like "Friendly Atheist" as a title precisely because it counterpoints our most outspoken ideological cousins, who tend to be so loudly mean and derogatory.

    Planet Atheism

  • This has played out in precisely this fashion in housing, education, energy and food.

    Wonk Room » The Free Market Does Not Work In Health Care

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