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UK [prɪˈsaɪslɪ] / US adverb
1) exactly

At the end of the war we were in precisely the same financial position as before.

precisely how/when/what:

He knows precisely what we want.

2) clearly

Dartman spoke very precisely.

3) used for adding emphasis to a reason or explanation

They have the best medical care precisely because of high taxes.

4) spoken used for showing that you completely agree with what someone says or that you think they are exactly right

"You mean he took the money for himself?" "Precisely."


English dictionary. 2014.

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