accurate

Something that is accurate is exact and true. It's important to be accurate in the kitchen with your measurements and in the courtroom with your testimony.

The adjective accurate comes from the Latin roots ad curare, meaning "to take care," and that is precisely what you do when you make sure something is accurate. You take care to make sure it is perfectly correct: an accurate answer, an accurate headcount, an accurate assessment of the problem. By adding the Latin root in, meaning not, you can make the antonym inaccurate (not accurate).

Definitions of accurate
  1. adjective
    (of ideas, images, representations, expressions) characterized by perfect conformity to fact or truth ; strictly correct
    synonyms: exact, precise
    correct, right
    free from error; especially conforming to fact or truth
  2. adjective
    conforming exactly or almost exactly to fact or to a standard or performing with total accuracy
    “an accurate reproduction”
    “the accounting was accurate
    accurate measurements”
    “an accurate scale”
    Synonyms:
    close, faithful
    marked by fidelity to an original
    dead-on
    accurate and to the point
    hi-fi, high-fidelity
    characterized by minimal distortion in sound reproduction
    surgical
    performed with great precision
    straight
    in keeping with the facts
    dead on target, true
    accurately placed or thrown
    right, veracious
    precisely accurate
    correct, right
    free from error; especially conforming to fact or truth
    exact
    marked by strict and particular and complete accordance with fact
    precise
    sharply exact or accurate or delimited
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    Antonyms:
    inaccurate
    not exact
    away, outside
    (of a baseball pitch) on the far side of home plate from the batter
    faulty, incorrect, wrong
    characterized by errors; not agreeing with a model or not following established rules
    unfaithful
    not trustworthy
    wide, wide of the mark
    not on target
    incorrect, wrong
    not correct; not in conformity with fact or truth
    inexact
    not exact
    imprecise
    not precise
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