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PRECISELY

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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]

Meaning:

Indicating exactness or preciseness

Synonyms:

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

Pertainym:

precise (sharply exact or accurate or delimited)


Sense 2precisely [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In a precise manner

Synonyms:

precisely; incisively; exactly

Context example:

she always expressed herself precisely

Antonym:

imprecisely (in an imprecise manner)

Pertainym:

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


Sense 3precisely [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Just as it should be

Synonyms:

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

Context example:

'Precisely, my lord,' he said


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