exact: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (ig-zakt'), [key]
— 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. (of a differential equation) noting that the collection of all terms, equated to zero, is an exact differential.
  1. to call for, demand, or require: to exact respect from one's children.
  2. to force or compel the payment, yielding, or performance of: to exact money; to exact tribute from a conquered people.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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