Definitions

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

  • n. The state or quality of being exact.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Exactness, accuracy; attention to small details.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being exact; exactness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being exact; exactness; accuracy; particularity.

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

  • n. the quality of being exact

Etymologies

From French exactitude, from Latin exactus, perfect passive participle of exigō ("demand, claim as due" or "measure by a standard, weigh, test"), from ex ("out") + agō ("drive"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They are so full of what has been politely described as "terminological in exactitude."

    Fascism

  • * But without word-for-word exactitude; hence the absence of inverted commas.

    The Crest-Wave of Evolution A Course of Lectures in History, Given to the Graduates' Class in the Raja-Yoga College, Point Loma, in the College-Year 1918-19

  • As it happens, this passage was quoted in its entirety by the reviewer in Columbia Spectator, who added that to verify the "exactitude" of the description one needed only to listen to a Toscanini performance.

    Critic

  • Discipline is, therefore, not a fact but a path, a path in following which the child grasps the abstract conception of goodness with an exactitude which is fairly scientific.

    The Montessori Method

  • It is very true that Hawthorne had no pretension to pourtray actualities and to cultivate that literal exactitude which is now the fashion.

    Hawthorne (English Men of Letters Series)

  • All of them perform as if "exactitude" were their mantra.

    ArtsJournal: Daily Arts News

  • This is, no doubt, a very material method of expressing the great mystery of the reflection of the higher Manas in the lower, but since only those who have passed the portals of initiation can fully comprehend this, we must content ourselves with the nearest approximation to exactitude which is possible to us; and as a matter of fact, a very fairly accurate idea of what actually takes place will be obtained by adopting the hypothesis that the mânasic principle sends down a portion of itself into the lower world of physical life at each incarnation, and expects to be able to withdraw it again at the end of the life, enriched by all its varied experiences.

    The Astral Plane Its Scenery, Inhabitants and Phenomena

  • "France Musicale"] (as you propose) to do me this service with the scrupulous exactitude which is requisite, for which I shall take the opportunity of expressing to him personally my sincere thanks?

    Letters

  • Before arriving, she had worked at the French Laundry, a restaurant that she loved and that had left her with the same dedication to exactitude for which Thomas Keller is known for.

    The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

  • In her new classes, Kim excelled, bringing a steely exactitude to every task from turning vegetables to taking out the trash.

    The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

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