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Approximately vs. Precisely

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Approximatelyadverb

Imprecise but close to in quantity or amount.

‘In every box of matches there are approximately 40 matchsticks.’; ‘Per 100g of chocolate there are approximately 11.6g of saturated fat.’; ‘...approximately 60 beats per minute.’;

Preciselyadverb

(manner) In a precise manner; exactly.

‘I always try to express myself precisely.’;

Approximatelyadverb

With approximation; so as to approximate; nearly.

Preciselyadverb

(focus) Used to provide emphasis.

Approximatelyadverb

(of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct;

‘lasted approximately an hour’; ‘in just about a minute’; ‘he's about 30 years old’; ‘I've had about all I can stand’; ‘we meet about once a month’; ‘some forty people came’; ‘weighs around a hundred pounds’; ‘roughly $3,000’; ‘holds 3 gallons, more or less’; ‘20 or so people were at the party’;

Preciselyadverb

indicating exactness or preciseness;

‘he was doing precisely (or exactly) what she had told him to do’; ‘it was just as he said--the jewel was gone’; ‘it has just enough salt’;

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Approximatelyadverb

used to show that something is almost, but not completely, accurate or exact; roughly

‘a journey of approximately two hours’;

Preciselyadverb

in a precise manner;

‘she always expressed herself precisely’;

Preciselyadverb

just as it should be;

‘`Precisely, my lord,' he said’;

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