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approximate

[ə′präk·sə·mət (adjective) or ə′präk·sə‚māt (verb)]
(mathematics)
To obtain a result that is not exact but is near enough to the correct result for some specified purpose.
To obtain a series of results approaching the correct result.
(science and technology)
Close to the correct value. Abbreviated approx.
To be close to.
References in classic literature ?
In an envelope on the table were notes for the money due on the month's board and an approximate sum for extras.
But not to speak of the intrinsic quality of histories of this kind (which may possibly even be of use to someone for something) the histories of culture, to which all general histories tend more and more to approximate, are significant from the fact that after seriously and minutely examining various religious, philosophic, and political doctrines as causes of events, as soon as they have to describe an actual historic event such as the campaign of 1812 for instance, they involuntarily describe it as resulting from an exercise of power- and say plainly that that was the result of Napoleon's will.
They veers so far from time and place that, although most of them related to our country and epoch, I could not imagine anything approximate from them; and Hawthorne himself seemed a remote and impalpable agency, rather than a person whom one might actually meet, as not long afterward happened with me.
I was immediately filled with shame; but in thinking the matter over since, I have come to the conclusion that my state of mind was influenced largely by my approximate nakedness.
Her temper was quick and stormy, and she relied too much on herself and too little on him, which did not approximate at all to his ideal of woman's conduct when a man was around.