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Approximate

Describing a measure coming close to but not necessarily reaching the exact value. Approximate measures can be inaccurate but are often necessary when more precise information is unavailable.
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Approximative Frequency adjectives 1 A little 5 2 Approximately 4 3 Somewhat 2 4 Gradually 1 5 A bit 1 6 To what extent 1 7 Sometimes 1 8 Total 15 Table 6: The speech of male executors in order of frequency.
Tikka (1992 : 47, 121-143) claims that the merger between the approximative and propinquative case has taken place in Northern Veps solely, whereas Central and Southern Veps do not follow this pattern and display a system of three distinct n-cases.
3) cannot be derived (in the sense that one gets a bed approximative formula).
Also disclosed are methods for screening for drugs as well as methods for the de novo design of such drugs, methods which rely on novel computer drug modelling methods involving an approximative calculation of binding free energy between macromolecules.
Because the approximative system of a learner is incomplete, communication is reduced to the body of knowledge possessed.
Furthermore, given that all reconstruction will always be merely approximative, the exhaustion of these disciplines is inconceivable.
Un tel constat epistemologique implique que la prevision est approximative et limitee dans le temps et l'espace.
Uniaxial stress-strain curves for these materials were determined experimentally, as will be discussed, but as their strain-hardening characteristics cannot be easily determined at high strain levels, equation (4) will be used as an approximative tool for designing the experimental setup.
23) The use of "logic" to explore the implications of an "intuitive" experience may appear contradictory, but as Jaen points out, "one does not have to be a mystic to conceive intellectually of such unity, at least in an approximative sense, and envision its consequences or logical corollaries (even though this concept of unity does away with all logical categories)" (106).
The genre classification as a "short story" has always been approximative in any case, because the tale, even in its shorter forms, has the feel of a novel or, at the very least, a novelette, due to its depth, slow unfolding, and psychologically nuanced portrayal of the narrator-priest and especially of the old woman Zelinda.
Although its usefulness for fast approximative measurements ranging up to 80 MU is still valid, this method is less accurate at higher viscosities.