accurate [ak-yer-it] SynonymsWord Origin adjective
- free from error or defect; consistent with a standard, rule, or model; precise; exact.
- careful or meticulous: an accurate typist.
Origin of accurate 1605–15; Latin accūrātus carefully prepared (past participle of accūrāre), equivalent to ac- ac- + cūr(a) care + -ātus -ate1 Related formsac·cu·rate·ly, adverbac·cu·rate·ness, nounhy·per·ac·cu·rate, adjectivehy·per·ac·cu·rate·ly, adverbhy·per·ac·cu·rate·ness, nounsu·per·ac·cu·rate, adjectivesu·per·ac·cu·rate·ly, adverbsu·per·ac·cu·rate·ness, nounun·ac·cu·rate, adjectiveun·ac·cu·rate·ly, adverbun·ac·cu·rate·ness, nounSynonyms for accurate 1. true, unerring. Synonym study 1. See correct. British Dictionary definitions for unaccurate accurate adjective
- faithfully representing or describing the truth
- showing a negligible or permissible deviation from a standardan accurate ruler
- without error; precise; meticulous
- (to n significant digits) representing the first n digits of the given number starting with the first nonzero digit, but approximating to the nearest digit in the final positionsince π = 3.14159…, the approximation 3.1416 is accurate to 5 significant digits.
- (to n decimal places) giving the first n digits after the decimal point without further approximationπ = 3.1415 is in this sense accurate to 4 decimal places
Derived Formsaccurately, adverbaccurateness, nounWord Origin for accurate C16: from Latin accūrātus, past participle of accūrāre to perform with care, from cūra care Word Origin and History for unaccurate accurate adj.
1610s, “done with care,” from Latin accuratus “prepared with care, exact, elaborate,” past participle of accurare “take care of,” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + curare “take care of” (see cure). The notion of doing something carefully led to that of being exact (1650s). Related: Accurately; accurateness.