The definition of precise is exact.
An example of precise is having the exact amount of money needed to buy a notebook.
- strictly defined; accurately stated; definite
- speaking definitely or distinctly
- with no variation; minutely exact: the precise amount
- that strictly conforms to usage, rules, etc.; scrupulous; fastidious
- too fastidious; finicky
Origin of preciseMiddle French précis ; from Classical Latin praecisus, past participle of praecidere, to cut off, be brief ; from prae-, before (see pre-) + caedere, to cut (see -cide)
- Clearly expressed or delineated; definite: The victim gave a precise description of the suspect.
- Exact, as in performance, execution, or amount; accurate or correct: a precise measurement; a precise instrument.
- Strictly distinguished from others; very: at that precise moment.
- Distinct and correct in sound or meaning: precise pronunciation; precise prose.
- Conforming strictly to rule or proper form: “The setting up of this Maypole was a lamentable spectacle to the precise separatists that lived at New Plymouth” (Thomas Morton).
Origin of preciseMiddle English, exact, from Old French precis, condensed, precisely fixed, from Latin praec&imacron;sus, past participle of praec&imacron;dere, to shorten : prae-, pre- + caedere, to cut; see ka&schwa;-id- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more precise, superlative most precise)