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Definition of inaccurate adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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not exact or accurate; with mistakes an inaccurate statement inaccurate information All the maps we had were wildly inaccurate. Statistical graphs may be inaccurate and misleading. opposite accurate synonyms at wrong AWL Collocationsaccurateaccurate adjectiveassessment diagnosis estimate, measurement prediction description reflection, representation information record result methodFirms must acquire accurate information from clients about their needs.factually historically scientifically statistically technicallyAlthough this book is historically accurate, it is not a history book.not entirely not strictlyThe figures he gave were not strictly accurate.proveThese predictions proved accurate.toResults are accurate to within 0.2 seconds.inaccurate adjectiveperception estimate representation information result statementInaccurate estimates can lead to overproduction.grosslyErrors in methodology can produce grossly inaccurate results.factually historically scientifically statistically technicallyHe is technically inaccurate in several of his claims.proveThese predictions may yet prove inaccurate.accuracy nounabsolute, pinpoint unerringThe needle has to be positioned with pinpoint accuracy.factual historical scientific technicalGet the manuscript checked for factual accuracy.confirm ensure check test verifyGreat care is taken to ensure the accuracy of research data.accurately adverbassess describe diagnose estimate, gauge, measure predict portray reflect reproduceYour title must accurately reflect the substance of your paper. Thesauruswrongfalse mistaken incorrect inaccurate misguided untrueThese words all describe something that is not right or correct, or someone who is not right about something.wrong not right or correct; (of a person) not right about something:I got all the answers wrong. We were wrong to assume that she'd agree.false not true or correct; wrong because it is based on something that is not true or correct:A whale is a fish. True or false? She gave false information to the insurance company.mistaken wrong in your opinion or judgment; based on a wrong opinion or bad judgment:You're completely mistaken about Jane.incorrect (somewhat formal) wrong according to the facts; containing mistakes:Many of the statistics were incorrect.inaccurate wrong according to the facts; containing mistakes:The report was badly researched and fairly inaccurate.incorrect or inaccurate?A fact, figure, or spelling that is wrong is incorrect; information, a belief, or a description based on incorrect facts can be incorrect or inaccurate; something that is produced, such as a film, report, or map, that contains incorrect facts is inaccurate.misguided wrong because you have understood or judged a situation badly:In her misguided attempts to help, she only made the situation worse.untrue not based on facts, but invented or guessed:These accusations are totally untrue.Patterns to be wrong/mistaken about something wrong/false/mistaken/incorrect/inaccurate information a(n) false/mistaken/incorrect/inaccurate/misguided belief a(n) wrong/incorrect answer
noun [countable, uncountable] (pl. inaccuracies) The article is full of inaccuracies. The writer is guilty of bias and inaccuracy. Thesaurusmistakeerror inaccuracy slip misprintThese are all words for a word, figure, or fact that is not said, written down, or typed correctly.mistake a word or figure that is not said or written down correctly:It's a common mistake among learners of English. spelling mistakeserror (somewhat formal) a word, figure, etc. that is not said or written down correctly:There are too many errors in your work. Error is a more formal way of saying mistake.inaccuracy (somewhat formal) a piece of information that is not exactly correct:The article is full of inaccuracies.slip a small mistake, usually made by being careless or not paying attentionmisprint a small mistake in a printed textPatterns a(n) mistake/error/inaccuracy/slip/misprint in something to make a(n) mistake/error/slip to contain/be full of/include mistakes/errors/inaccuracies/misprints
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See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: inaccurate