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PRECI'SE, adjective [Latin proecisus, from proecido, to cut off; proe and coedo; literally, cut or pared away, that is, pared to smoothness or exactness.]

1. Exact; nice; definite; having determinate limitations; not loose, vague, uncertain or equivocal; as precise rules of morality; precise directions for life and conduct.

The law in this point is precise

For the hour precise

Exacts our parting.

2. Formal; superstitiously exact; excessively nice; punctilious in conduct or ceremony.