exact

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From Old French, from Medieval Latin exactare, reg., from Latin exactus, perfect passive participle of exigō (demand, claim as due" or "measure by a standard, weigh, test), from ex (out) + agō (drive).

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exact (comparative more exact, superlative most exact)

  1. Precisely agreeing with a standard, a fact, or the truth; perfectly conforming; neither exceeding nor falling short in any respect.
    The clock keeps exact time.
    He paid the exact debt.
    an exact copy of a letter
    exact accounts
  2. Habitually careful to agree with a standard, a rule, or a promise; accurate; methodical; punctual.
    a man exact in observing an appointment
    In my doings I was exact.
  3. Precisely or definitely conceived or stated; strict.
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
      An exact command, / Larded with many several sorts of reason.
  4. (algebra, of a sequence of groups connected by homomorphisms) Such that the kernel of one homomorphism is the image of the preceding one.

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exact (third-person singular simple present exacts, present participle exacting, simple past and past participle exacted)

  1. (transitive) To demand and enforce the payment or performance of.
    to exact tribute, fees, or obedience
    • Bible, Luke iii. 13
      He said into them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you.
  2. (transitive) To make desirable or necessary.
    • Massinger
      My designs exact me in another place.
  3. (transitive) To forcibly obtain or produce.
    to exact revenge

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French[edit]

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exact m (feminine exacte, masculine plural exacts, feminine plural exactes)

  1. exact, precise

Romanian[edit]

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From French exact.

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exact

  1. exact, precise

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exact

  1. exactly, precisely

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