Accurate vs. Precise

Accurate vs. Precise — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Accurate and Precise

Accurateadjective

Conforming exactly to fact; errorless.

Preciseadjective

Clearly expressed or delineated; definite

The victim gave a precise description of the suspect.

Accurateadjective

Deviating only slightly or within acceptable limits from a standard.

Preciseadjective

Exact, as in performance, execution, or amount; accurate or correct

a precise measurement.a precise instrument.

Accurateadjective

Capable of providing a correct reading or measurement

an accurate scale.

Preciseadjective

Strictly distinguished from others; very

at that precise moment.

Accurateadjective

Acting or performing with care and precision; meticulous

an accurate proofreader.

Preciseadjective

Distinct and correct in sound or meaning

precise pronunciation.precise prose.

Accurateadjective

Telling the truth or giving a true result; exact; not defective or faulty

an accurate calculatoran accurate measureaccurate knowledge

Preciseadjective

Conforming strictly to rule or proper form

"The setting up of this Maypole was a lamentable spectacle to the precise separatists that lived at New Plymouth" (Thomas Morton).

Accurateadjective

Deviating only slightly or within acceptable limits.

My horoscopes I read last week were surprisingly accurate.

Preciseadjective

Exact, accurate.

Accurateadjective

(obsolete) Precisely fixed; executed with care; careful.

Preciseadjective

(sciences) Of experimental results, consistent, clustered close together, agreeing with each other. This does not mean that they cluster near the true, correct, or accurate value.

Accurateadjective

conforming exactly or almost exactly to fact or to a standard or performing with total accuracy;

an accurate reproductionthe accounting was accurateaccurate measurementsan accurate scale

Preciseadjective

Adhering too much to rules; prim or punctilious.

Accurateadjective

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

a precise imagea precise measurement

Preciseverb

To make or render precise.

Preciseadjective

sharply exact or accurate or delimited;

a precise mindspecified a precise amountarrived at the precise moment

Preciseadjective

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

a precise imagea precise measurement