Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Lack of exactitude; inexactness.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or character of being inexact or inaccurate; inexactness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Inexactness; uncertainty.
  • noun Something inexact; an instance of an inexact statement, measurement, etc..

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A lack of exactness; something inexact or imprecise

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

  • noun the quality of being inaccurate and having errors

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Nothing endures, nothing is precise and certain (except the mind of a pedant), perfection is the mere repudiation of that ineluctable marginal inexactitude which is the mysterious inmost quality of Being.

    A Modern Utopia

  • Nothing endures, nothing is precise and certain (except the mind of a pedant), perfection is the mere repudiation of that ineluctable marginal inexactitude which is the mysterious inmost quality of Being.

    A Modern Utopia

  • That would be, in my opinion, a kind of inexactitude worse than that to which we are exposed in admitting the details supplied by the texts.

    The Life of Jesus

  • That would be, in my opinion, a kind of inexactitude worse than that to which we are exposed in admitting the details supplied by the texts.

    The Life of Jesus

  • So, if you take a figure of approximately Rs 52,000 crore, one third of this would certainly be absorbed by the upstream companies, the government would certainly absorb 50% or more, the kind of inexactitude is really about the balance

    Moneycontrol Top Headlines

  • The White House now agrees, though it presumably would prefer “inexactitude” to “lie”.

    Immigration

  • So Callahan wrote an AP wire story that included a choice little graf with both quotes, and the obvious, er, terminological inexactitude.

    Matthew Yglesias » Strange Tales of Congressional Procedure

  • … It looks just a little more mathematical and regular than it is; its exactitude is obvious, but its inexactitude is hidden; its wildness lies in wait.

    Making Sense of Market Forecasts

  • "Les mots du coeur trouvent leur marque en dépit de leur inexactitude" ... hum, would this be a correct translation?

    le mot juste - French Word-A-Day

  • (Even Jerry Brown won't call a spade a spade, referring instead to Meg Whitman's "intentional, terminological inexactitude.")

    Phil Trounstine: The Death of Truth: eMeg and the Politics of Lying

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  • This, like sesquipedalian, is a word that describes itself, or so think I.

    December 10, 2006