Accurate Definition and Meaning: What Is Accurate?

Accurate Definition

ac·cu·rate (kyr-t)

adj.

1. Conforming exactly to fact; errorless.

2. Deviating only slightly or within acceptable limits from a standard.

3. Capable of providing a correct reading or measurement: an accurate scale.

4. Acting or performing with care and precision; meticulous: an accurate proofreader.

accurate [ˈækjərɪt]

adj

1. faithfully representing or describing the truth

2. showing a negligible or permissible deviation from a standard an accurate ruler

3. without error; precise; meticulous

4. (Mathematics) Maths

a.  (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 position since π = 3.14159…, the approximation 3.1416 is accurate to 5 significant digits.

b.  (to n decimal places) giving the first n digits after the decimal point without further approximation π = 3.1415 is in this sense accurate to 4 decimal places

[from Latin accūrātus, past participle of accūrāre to perform with care, from cūra care]

accurately  adv

accurateness  n

Adj. 1. accurate - 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"

correct, right - free from error; especially conforming to fact or truth; "the correct answer"; "the correct version"; "the right answer"; "took the right road"; "the right decision"

exact - marked by strict and particular and complete accordance with fact; "an exact mind"; "an exact copy"; "hit the exact center of the target"

precise - sharply exact or accurate or delimited; "a precise mind"; "specified a precise amount"; "arrived at the precise moment"

inaccurate - not exact; "an inaccurate translation"; "the thermometer is inaccurate"

2. accurate - (of ideas, images, representations, expressions) characterized by perfect conformity to fact or truth accurate - (of ideas, images, representations, expressions) characterized by perfect conformity to fact or truth ; strictly correct; "a precise image"; "a precise measurement"

exact, precise

correct, right - free from error; especially conforming to fact or truth; "the correct answer"; "the correct version"; "the right answer"; "took the right road"; "the right decision"

accurate

adjective

1. precise, right, close, regular, correct, careful, strict, exact, faithful, explicit, authentic, spot-on, just, clear-cut, meticulous, truthful, faultless, scrupulous, unerring, veracious. This is the most accurate description of the killer to date.

2. correct, right, true, exact, faithful, spot-on (Brit. informal), faultless, on the money (U.S.) Their prediction was accurate.

3. on target, exact, precise, deadly, sure, true, effective The rifle was extremely accurate.

Antonyms

wrong, incorrect, faulty, careless, inaccurate, defective, imperfect, imprecise, slovenly, inexact


What is Accurate?

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does accurate mean? 

ACCURATE (adjective)
  The adjective ACCURATE has 2 senses:

1. conforming exactly or almost exactly to fact or to a standard or performing with total accuracy
2. (of ideas, images, representations, expressions) characterized by perfect conformity to fact or truth ; strictly correct

  Familiarity information: ACCURATE used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

ACCURATE (adjective)

Sense 1

Meaning:

Conforming exactly or almost exactly to fact or to a standard or performing with total accuracy

Context examples:

an accurate reproduction / the accounting was accurate / accurate measurements / an accurate scale

Similar:

dead on target; true (accurately placed or thrown)

veracious (precisely accurate)

straight (right; in keeping with the facts)

surgical (performed with great precision)

hi-fi; high-fidelity (characterized by minimal distortion in sound reproduction)

dead-on (accurate and to the point)

close; faithful (marked by fidelity to an original)

Also:

precise (sharply exact or accurate or delimited)

correct; right (free from error; especially conforming to fact or truth)

exact (marked by strict and particular and complete accordance with fact)

Attribute:

accuracy; truth (the quality of being near to the true value)

Antonym:

inaccurate (not accurate)

Sense 2

Meaning:

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

Synonyms:

accurate; exact; precise

Context examples:

a precise image / a precise measurement

Similar:

correct; right (free from error; especially conforming to fact or truth)


Accurate Meaning

Factual or truthful, or closely conforming to an objective standard ascertained through painstaking care or due diligence. Measurements or statements are accurate when they have been verified for their correctness. See also precise.

1. General: Freedom from error (correctness), or closeness to truth or fact, resulting from exercise of painstaking care or due diligence. Accuracy depends on how the data is collected, and is usually judged by comparing several measurements from the same or different sources.

2. Accounting: (1) A financial statement item is judged accurate when all account balances included in it are correct in (a) value, (b) presentation, and (c) disclosure of material information. (2) An account balance is judged accurate when all elements included in it (such as assets, costs, equities, liabilities, reserves) are correct in (a) value, and (b) classification. (3) A class of transactions is judged accurate when all accounting events included in it are correct in (a) value, and (b) description.

3. Engineering: Ratio of an error to the range of possible output (full scale output) values.

4. Forecasting: Degree of fit (matching) between the predictions and the actual data.

5. Testing: Degree of the closeness (to actual value) by which an instrument measures or senses the value of a variable being measured or sensed.

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