inexact

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From French inexact

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inexact (comparative more inexact, superlative most inexact)

  1. Imperfectly conforming; exceeding or falling short in some respect.
  2. Imprecisely or indefinitely conceived or stated.
    • 2019, Li Huang; James Lambert, “Another Arrow for the Quiver: A New Methodology for Multilingual Researchers”, in Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, DOI:10.1080/01434632.2019.1596115, page 7:
      At the same time, we were cognisant that careful scholars should never solely rely on their own impressionistic observations, and, that our own impressions were inexact and not capable of being quantified.
  3. (physics, of a differential) having a path-dependent integral

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

in- +‎ exact

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inexact (feminine singular inexacte, masculine plural inexacts, feminine plural inexactes)

  1. inexact (not exact)
    • 2020 June 19, “Stopper la haine sur Internet”, in Le Monde[1]:
      Le lourd formalisme exigé des éventuels plaignants et l’amende prévue en cas de dénonciation inexacte, rendent ce texte inopérant.
      (please add an English translation of this quote)

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