in·​ac·​cu·​rate | \ (ˌ)i-ˈna-kyə-rət How to pronounce inaccurate (audio) , -k(ə-)rət \

Definition of inaccurate

: not accurate : faulty inaccurate information

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inaccurately \ (ˌ)i-​ˈna-​kyə-​rət-​lē How to pronounce inaccurately (audio) , -​k(ə-​)rət-​ , -​kyərt-​ \ adverb

Examples of inaccurate in a Sentence

he claimed that the TV ratings were inaccurate because they didn't take into account all those viewers in health clubs the estimate is inaccurate, but will do for our purposes
Recent Examples on the Web But media reports that the union is negotiating for social justice measures such as defunding the police are inaccurate, says union President Cecily Myart-Cruz. Francine Kiefer, The Christian Science Monitor, "Teachers unions demand their say as schools debate reopening," 31 July 2020 That is flat out inaccurate, considering your home address is a very specific and static location, while IP addresses are often more of an estimate of your location. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "What Is My IP Address?," 27 June 2020 Only one of the denunciations alleged anything in the ad is inaccurate: a lengthy statement from U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, a Denver Democrat and former Hickenlooper staffer who defeated Romanoff during a bitter contest in 2010. Justin Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Andrew Romanoff releases attack ad, drawing denunciations from Democrats," 19 June 2020 The handful of point-of-care devices now on the market are frequently inaccurate., "Confirmed coronavirus cases in US hit 3 million and climbing," 9 July 2020 Regardless of the future trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic, the post’s primary claim is historically inaccurate. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, "Fact check: There is no universal pandemic trajectory; COVID-19 may not have worse 2nd wave," 30 June 2020 Those reports were inaccurate, said Birmingham police Sgt. Carol Robinson |, al, "5-year-old boy treated for gunshot wound at Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham," 30 June 2020 On Saturday, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, who has been on the job for one month, said reports that Trump knew about the intelligence were inaccurate. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Democrats call for investigation as Trump labels reports of Russian bounties to Taliban for killing US troops possible hoax by fake news," 29 June 2020 But Wahl says the characterization of the department's approach is inaccurate and that the department during every event like Tuesday's seeks to balance the First Amendment right to protest and maintaining public safety. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Madison police rank-and-file and leaders differ on what their marching orders were during night of upheaval," 28 June 2020

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First Known Use of inaccurate

1738, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inaccurate was in 1738

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10 Aug 2020

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“Inaccurate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce inaccurate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of inaccurate

: not correct or exact : having a mistake or error : not accurate


in·​ac·​cu·​rate | \ i-ˈna-kyə-rət How to pronounce inaccurate (audio) \

Kids Definition of inaccurate

: not correct or exact He made inaccurate claims.

Other Words from inaccurate

inaccurately adverb

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