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incorrect

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adjective in·cor·rect \ˌin-kə-ˈrekt\

Simple Definition of incorrect

  • : not true or accurate

  • : having errors or mistakes

  • : not proper or appropriate in a particular situation

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of incorrect

  1. 1 obsolete :  not corrected or chastened

  2. 2 a :  inaccurate, faulty <an incorrect transcription> b :  not true :  wrong <incorrect answers>

  3. 3 :  unbecoming, improper <incorrect behavior>

incorrectly play \-ˈrek(t)-lē\ adverb
incorrectness play \-nəs\ noun

Examples of incorrect in a sentence

  1. The doctor's diagnosis was incorrect.

  2. The story in the newspaper is incorrect.

  3. The restaurant considers jeans and T-shirts incorrect attire for dinner.



Origin of incorrect

Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin incorrectus, from in- + correctus correct


First Known Use: 15th century



INCORRECT Defined for Kids

incorrect

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adjective in·cor·rect \ˌin-kə-ˈrekt\

Definition of incorrect for Students

  1. 1 :  not accurate or true :  not correct :  wrong <an incorrect answer>

  2. 2 :  not proper <incorrect behavior>

incorrectly adverb




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