correct usually implies freedom from fault or error.
socially correct dress
accurate implies fidelity to fact or truth attained by exercise of care.
an accurate description
exact stresses a very strict agreement with fact, standard, or truth.
precise adds to exact an emphasis on sharpness of definition or delimitation.
nice stresses great precision and delicacy of adjustment or discrimination.
makes nice distinctions
right is close to correct but has a stronger positive emphasis on conformity to fact or truth rather than mere absence of error or fault.
the right thing to do
I hate it when she corrects my grammar.
Please correct your essay for punctuation errors.
Our teacher hasn't finished correcting our tests yet.
He corrects papers with a red pen.
We are finding ways to correct this difficult situation.
We'll correct the problem with the circuit as soon as possible.
These medicines are used for correcting chemical imbalances in the brain. Adjective
What's the correct answer to this question?
Her watch never tells the correct time.
an anatomically correct drawing of the human body
Did I give you the correct change?
With the correct amount of water and sunlight, the plant will grow well. See More
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Even if parents are never given the opportunity to correct that mistake, their children may resolve to do the right thing if they are ever placed in that situation.
Rabbi Avi Weiss, Sun Sentinel, 21 Nov. 2022 At no point did the Healey campaign attempt to correct the Globe’s reporting of her place of residence.
Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, 15 Nov. 2022 The San Diego County Air Pollution Control District board last week approved an abatement order mandating New Leaf Biofuel correct the issue.
Tammy Murga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Nov. 2022 The book identifies and analyzes examples of Black disability politics in order to correct the frequent overlooking and misrecognition that has typically occurred in scholarly evaluations of disability in Black activism and culture.
Lynnette Nicholas, Essence, 25 Oct. 2022 For the Dolphins, acquiring Hill from the Kansas City Chiefs was a bid to correct what had been the biggest flaw in Tagovailoa’s game.
Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 26 Sep. 2022 An individual reported August 25 of being told to withdraw $4,000.00 and deposit it into a Bitcoin ATM and then purchase two Apple gift cards at $500 apiece as part of a fraudulent attempt to correct problems with two separate apps, police said.
Daniel I. Dorfman, Chicago Tribune, 5 Sep. 2022 But Peter’s attempt to correct past mistakes threatens to put their father-and-son relationship under severe strain.
Leo Barraclough, Variety, 31 Aug. 2022 But an effort by Kansas voters to correct that via the ballot box has failed, at least for now.
Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 4 Aug. 2022
But Fed Chair Powell said at the November meeting that the projections are likely to rise in December and if Bullard is correct, that means investors can expect another one to three percentage points in rate hikes.
Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 18 Nov. 2022 Mathematicians generally agree that a proof has to convince other mathematicians that some line of reasoning is correct.
Jordana Cepelewicz, Quanta Magazine, 16 Nov. 2022 Onlookers could see 50 to 200 meteors per hour if the calculations made by Maslov and Sato are correct, AccuWeather said.
Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 15 Nov. 2022 However improbably, the source has been proven to be correct.
Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 14 Nov. 2022 In the end, the public polls were correct as Gov. Ned Lamont and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal roared to victory.
Christopher Keating, Hartford Courant, 13 Nov. 2022 Whether or not their assessment is correct, the bigger issue is potentially your boundaries with your posse.Chicago Tribune, 12 Nov. 2022 Leguizamo is correct, there needs to be more, a lot more, and more often, and with authentic Latino actors in the name above title starring roles.
Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 12 Nov. 2022 Klopp is correct that FIFA, and the federations that voted in favor, should take the responsibility for the World Cup being held in Qatar.
Robert Kidd, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2022 See More
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Middle English, from Latin correctus, past participle of corrigere, from com- + regere to lead straight — more at right
Middle English, corrected, from Latin correctus, from past participle of corrigere — see correctentry 1