Meaning of EXACT in English

— exactable , adj. — exacter, exactor , n. — exactness , n.

/ig zakt"/ , adj.

1. strictly accurate or correct: an exact likeness; an exact description.

2. precise, as opposed to approximate: the exact sum; the exact date.

3. admitting of no deviation, as laws or discipline; strict or rigorous.

4. capable of the greatest precision: exact instruments.

5. characterized by or using strict accuracy: an exact thinker.

6. Math. (of a differential equation) noting that the collection of all terms, equated to zero, is an exact differential.


7. to call for, demand, or require: to exact respect from one's children.

8. to force or compel the payment, yielding, or performance of: to exact money; to exact tribute from a conquered people.

[ 1400-50; late ME exacten (v.) exactus (ptp. of exigere drive out, thrust out), equiv. to ex- EX- 1 + ag ( ere ) to drive + -tus ptp. suffix ]

Syn. 3. rigid, severe, unbending. 5. methodical, careful, punctilious, demanding, scrupulous. 8. wring. See extract .

Ant. 1, 2. imprecise.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .