Definitions

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  • n. The state of being exact

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The condition of being exact; accuracy; nicety; precision; regularity.
  • n. Careful observance of method and conformity to truth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or condition of being exact; strict conformity to what is required; accuracy; nicety; precision: as, to make experiments with exactness; exactness of method.

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

  • n. the quality of being exact

Etymologies

From exact +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In so far as a science of geometry is possible at all, the exactness, which is its essential characteristic, is only {11} attainable by starting from data which are in themselves impossible, as of a point which has no magnitude, of a line which has no breadth, of a surface which has no thickness.

    A Short History of Greek Philosophy

  • Like so many before him Truman Capote with In Cold Blood; Stendhal with the account of a minor event of 1827, the Berthet affair, at the origin of The Red and the Black, he decided to draw his inspiration from the facts and, without attempting anything resembling "exactness", without fooling the reader concerning the nature of his endeavor and its intent as fiction, used it as a mirror of society and of an era.

    Bernard-Henri Lévy: Alain Delon on Taddéï. Régis Jauffret Pilloried?

  • So, Michael, is it really a tad difficult to assign an "exactness" to what Jesus thought or did not think. or is it the Bible certainly makes it fairly clear that he put pressure on people governments included? to help his fellow man.

    Fact checking the VP debate.

  • The exactness which is required in philosophy will not allow us to comprehend under the same term two ideas so different as the subjective feeling of pleasure or happiness and the objective reality of a state which receives our moral approval.

    Philebus

  • Could the hearts of kings and the counsels of cabinets be known with that literal exactness which is so desirable in politics, and yet so unattainable, we should probably find that Prussia's apparent readiness to lead Germany was owing to her determination that German armies should be led nowhere to the assistance of Austria.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 39, January, 1861

  • It is characteristic of such knowledge that it should be deficient in "exactness," in precision of statement, and closeness of logical concatenation.

    Ethics

  • In these dances they keep time with an exactness which is scarcely excelled by the best performers upon the stages of Europe.

    A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 13

  • In renderings you are not really after the 'exactness' of every triangle.

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  • (My hypothesis is that the reason for this is that it would make the arbitrary nature of these functions too plain and open, and thereby, take away the prestige of "exactness" accorded to the analytical theory.)

    iMechanica - Comments

  • The other is language such as “subsequently ingested,” which has behind it a perversion of the need for exactness in our use of language.

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