-cise, -cis, -cide

(Latin: to cut, a cut)

From this combining form, we also get -cide, "kill", but don't confuse the two elements because they have different meanings and applications.

precisely (adverb); more precisely, most precisely
1. Referring to how something is stated exactly and explicitly: Ted said precisely what he meant when he said that the inferior equipment was the reason why some of the hikers refused to continue the climb up the mountain.

2. Pertaining to how something is to be used with absolute accuracy: Instruments must be adjusted precisely before they can be used successfully.
3. Concerning how something is communicated in complete and accurate detail: John told his friend precisely with all the particulars what had happened when the thunder storm came the night before.
4. Clearly and distinctly: Shirley always speaks very precisely when she teaches her students about writing their compositions.
5. Descriptive of how something important or obvious is emphasised: Little children love to go to playgrounds precisely to have have fun using the equipment and playing ball with their friends.
6. Conveying how something is in complete agreement with what has been said: Kay is precisely correct when she says that the repairmen can't be relied on to finish the job on time.
preciseness (s) (noun), precisenesses (pl)
1. The quality shown by precision and accuracy: Robert always presented preciseness with no errors regarding all the details of his speech.
2. The condition of being reproduced accurately in amount or performance: Sam handled it with the preciseness of an expert as shown by the meticulousness of his work.
precisianism (s) (noun), precisianisms (pl)
precisianist (s) (noun), precisianists (pl)
A person who attaches great or too great importance to being exact: A precisionist, or precisian, always holds fast to rules of conduct and doctrines, and without exception.
precision (pri SIZH uhn) (s) (noun), precisions (pl)
1. Exactness or accuracy: Margaret's grandfather had an old pocket watch that showed great precision and was always in accord with the correct time, which was quite remarkable considering its age.
2. In mathematics, the correctness to which a calculation is performed, specifying the number of significant digits with which the result is expressed: The engineer checked the precision of the measurements of his sensitive equipment to make sure it was still reliable.
3.The requirement of great exactitude: Being a TV news reporter necessitates perfect precision to be at the right spot at a specific time for a broadcast.
4. Perfect accuracy and correctness when performing business dealings: Bank clerks have to show great precision when they take care of the accounts of their clients.
precisionist (s) (noun), precisionists (pl)
1. Someone who insists on or strives for absolute quality: Some of the most famous precisionists, whose works can be seen in great American museum collections, are Ralston Crawford, Stuart Davis, and Gerald Murphy.
2. A person who is a purist, particularly with using the correct use of words: Being a precisionist, Carol was a perfectionist when composing letters and paid much attention to the formal rules of grammar and appropriate vocabulary.
recision (s) (noun), recisions (pl)
scissors (pl) (noun)
1. A hand-held cutting instrument made up of two crossed connected blades, each with a ring-shaped handle, that pivot on each other and cut as they come together; takes a plural verb: "The scissors are on the table."
2. In gymnastics, a movement of the legs that resembles the opening and closing of scissors.
3. Via French cisoires from Late Latin cisoria "cutting tool" from Latin cis-, past participle of caedere "cut".
succision (suhk SISH uhn) (s) (noun), succisions (pl)
1. The procedure of cutting down; such as, with a machete or an ax: TheĀ succision of the large and very old tree next to where Morris lived was necessary because of the possibility of it falling onto his house if there were another severe storm.
2. A process of cutting something off: Jack decided to mow his lawn because it needed a succision to make the tall grass shorter!
undecided (adjective), more undecided, most undecided
Related cutting-word units: cast-; castrat-; -ectomy; mutil-; put-; sec-, seg-; temno-; -tomy; trunc-.