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Definition of Approximate


  1. Approaching; proximate; nearly resembling.
  2. Near correctness; nearly exact; not perfectly accurate; as, approximate results or values.
  3. To carry or advance near; to cause to approach.
  4. To come near to; to approach.
  5. To draw; to approach.

Approximate Quotations

An approximate answer to the right problem is worth a good deal more than an exact answer to an approximate problem.
John Tukey

A worker may be the hammer's master, but the hammer still prevails. A tool knows exactly how it is meant to be handled, while the user of the tool can only have an approximate idea.
Milan Kundera

In an approximate way, the logic of commons has been understood for a long time, perhaps since the discovery of agriculture or the invention of private property in real estate.
Garrett Hardin

A man only becomes wise when he begins to calculate the approximate depth of his ignorance.
Gian Carlo Menotti

When they talk of ghosts of the dead who wander in the night with things still undone in life, they approximate my subjective experience of this life.
Jack Henry Abbott
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Approximate Translations

approximate in Dutch is benaderen
approximate in Norwegian is omtrentlig
approximate in Portuguese is aproxime
approximate in Spanish is aproximado
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