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Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: précis, from Latin praecisus, from praecidere 'to cut off'

precise

adjective
     
pre‧cise W3
1 precise information, details etc are exact, clear, and correct [= exact]:
precise sales figures
It was difficult to get precise information.
'She's a lot older than you, isn't she?' 'Fifteen years, to be precise.'
2 [only before noun] used to emphasize that you are referring to an exact thing [= exact]:
At that precise moment, her husband walked in.
The precise cause of the disease is unknown.
the precise location of the ship
the precise nature of their agreement
3 someone who is precise is very careful about small details or about the way they behave:
a precise, careful woman
with precise movements of his hands

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