Precise Pre*cise", a. [L. praecisus cut off, brief, concise, p. p. of praecidere to cut off in front, to cut off; prae before + caedere to cut: cf. F. pr['e]cis. Cf. {Concise}.] 1. Having determinate limitations; exactly or sharply defined or stated; definite; exact; nice; not vague or equivocal; as, precise rules of morality. [1913 Webster]

The law in this point is not precise. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

For the hour precise Exacts our parting hence. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Strictly adhering or conforming to rule; very nice or exact; punctilious in conduct or ceremony; formal; ceremonious. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

He was ever precise in promise-keeping. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Accurate; exact; definite; correct; scrupulous; punctilious; particular; nice; formal. See {Accurate}. [1913 Webster] -- {Pre*cise"ly}, adv. -- {Pre*cise"ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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