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 Dictionary entry overview: What does precisely mean? 

PRECISELY (adverb)
  The adverb PRECISELY has 3 senses:

1. indicating exactness or preciseness
2. in a precise manner
3. just as it should be

  Familiarity information: PRECISELY used as an adverb is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

PRECISELY (adverb)

Sense 1precisely [BACK TO TOP]


Indicating exactness or preciseness


exactly; precisely; just

Context examples:

he was doing precisely (or exactly) what she had told him to do / it was just as he said--the jewel was gone / it has just enough salt


precise (sharply exact or accurate or delimited)

Sense 2precisely [BACK TO TOP]


In a precise manner


precisely; incisively; exactly

Context example:

she always expressed herself precisely


imprecisely (in an imprecise manner)


exact ((of ideas, images, representations, expressions) characterized by perfect conformity to fact or truth ; strictly correct)

Sense 3precisely [BACK TO TOP]


Just as it should be


on the button; on the dot; on the nose; exactly; precisely

Context example:

'Precisely, my lord,' he said

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