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erroneous

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adjective er·ro·ne·ous \i-ˈrō-nē-əs, e-\

Simple Definition of erroneous

  • : not correct

Full Definition of erroneous

  1. 1 :  containing or characterized by error :  mistaken <erroneous assumptions> <gave an erroneous impression>

  2. 2 archaic :  wandering

er·ro·ne·ous·ly adverb
er·ro·ne·ous·ness noun

Examples of erroneous

  1. When you're done, the programs scour your return for potential problems and erroneous data and let you correct them. Then, poof! Either print out your 1040 and related documents or follow the software prompts to file electronically. —Kathy Yakal, PC Magazine, 9 Mar. 1999

  2. Here we come face-to-face with the uncompromising rules of golf as Mr. Dobereiner recounts how Roberto de Vincenzo lost the 1968 Masters Tournament by a single stroke because he signed an erroneous scorecard. —Robert R. Harris, New York Times Book Review, 21 Oct. 1984

  3. To say truth, nothing is more erroneous than the common observation, that men who are ill-natured and quarrelsome when they are drunk, are very worthy persons when they are sober: for drink, in reality, doth not reverse nature, or create passions in men which did not exist in them before. —Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, 1749

  4. <a news article about the new virus that was filled with much erroneous information>



Origin of erroneous

Middle English, from Latin erroneus, from erron-, erro wanderer, from errare (see err)


First Known Use: 15th century




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