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precisely

adverb
     
pre‧cise‧ly S2 W3
1 exactly and correctly [= exactly]:
Temperature can be measured precisely.
He arrived at precisely 4 o'clock.
precisely what/how/where etc
It is difficult to know precisely how much impact the changes will have.
What, precisely, does that mean?
Lathes make wheels, or, more precisely, they make cylindrical objects.
2 used to emphasize that a particular thing is completely true or correct:
Women in these jobs are paid less precisely because most of the jobs are held by women rather than men.
She's precisely the kind of person we're looking for.
3 spoken formal used to say that you agree completely with someone:
'It needs to be dealt with now.' 'Precisely, before it gets any worse.'

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