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EXACT', adjective egzact'. [Latin exactus, from exigo, to drive; ex and ago. Gr. to drive, urge or press.]

1. Closely correct or regular; nice; accurate; conformed to rule; as a man exact in his dealings.

All this, exact to rule, were brought about.

2. Precise; not different in the least. This is the exact sum or amount, or the exact time.

We have an exact model for imitation.

3. Methodical; careful; not negligent; correct; observing strict method, rule or order. This man is very exact in keeping his accounts.

4. Punctual. Every man should be exact in paying his debts when due; he should be exact in attendance on appointments.

5. Strict. We should be exact in the performance of duties.

The exactest vigilance cannot maintain a single day of unmingled innocence.

EXACT', verb transitive egzact'. [Latin exigo, exactum. See the Adjective.]

1. To force or compel to pay or yield; to demand or require authoritatively; to extort by means of authority or without pity or justice. It is an offense for an officer to exact illegal or unreasonable fees. It is customary for conquerors to exact tribute or contributions from conquered countries.

2. To demand or right. Princes exact obedience of their subjects. The laws of God exact obedience from all men.

3. To demand of necessity; to enforce a yielding or compliance; or to enjoin with pressing urgency.

Duty,

And justice to my father's soul, exact

This cruel piety.

EXACT', verb intransitive To practice extortion.

The enemy shall not exact upon him. Psalms 89:22.