Indeed vs Exactly - What's the difference?

indeed | exactly |

As adverbs the difference between indeed and exactly

is that indeed is (lb) truly; in fact; actually while exactly is (manner) without approximation; precisely.

As interjections the difference between indeed and exactly

is that indeed is indicates emphatic agreement while exactly is (signifies agreement or recognition).



Alternative forms

* endeed (obsolete)


  • (lb) Truly; in fact; actually.
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  • *:Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out. Indeed , a nail filed sharp is not of much avail as an arrowhead; you must have it barbed, and that was a little beyond our skill.
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  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=1 , passage=I was about to say that I had known the Celebrity from the time he wore kilts. But I see I will have to amend that, because he was not a celebrity then, nor, indeed , did he achieve fame until some time after I left New York for the West.}}
  • *{{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Ben Travers), title=(A Cuckoo in the Nest)
  • , chapter=1 citation , passage=She was like a Beardsley Salome , he had said. And indeed she had the narrow eyes and the high cheekbone of that creature, and as nearly the sinuosity as is compatible with human symmetry. His wooing had been brief but incisive.}}
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  • *:With fresh material, taxonomic conclusions are leavened by recognition that the material examined reflects the site it occupied; a herbarium packet gives one only a small fraction of the data desirable for sound conclusions. Herbarium material does not, indeed , allow one to extrapolate safely: what you see is what you get
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-20, volume=408, issue=8845, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Welcome to the plastisphere , passage=[The researchers] noticed many of their pieces of [plastic marine] debris sported surface pits around two microns across. Such pits are about the size of a bacterial cell. Closer examination showed that some of these pits did, indeed , contain bacteria,
  • In fact.
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  • Synonyms

    * (actually) certainly, definitely, in fact, indubitably, really, surely, truly, undoubtedly


    (en interjection)
  • indicates emphatic agreement
  • "I'm a great runner." "Indeed!"


    * absolutely * indubitably * okay * sure thing






    (en adverb)
  • (manner) without approximation; precisely.
  • Measure exactly so we can be sure it is right.
    The edge is not exactly straight.
  • (focus) Used to provide emphasis.
  • It was exactly an Eastern gray squirrel.
    He divided the coins exactly in half.
    He did it that way exactly to prove the point.
    His complaint was exactly that she failed to meet the deadline by four days.


    * approximately


    (en interjection)
  • (Signifies agreement or recognition)
  • So you're saying that we have only three days left? / Yes, exactly !