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 for Approximate quantities
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Approximate \Ap*prox"i*mate\, a. [L. approximatus, p. p. of
     approximare to approach; ad + proximare to come near. See
     1. Approaching; proximate; nearly resembling.
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     2. Near correctness; nearly exact; not perfectly accurate;
        as, approximate results or values.
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     Approximate quantities (Math.), those which are nearly, but
        not, equal.
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