erroneous

adjective
er·​ro·​ne·​ous | \ i-ˈrō-nē-əs How to pronounce erroneous (audio) , e-\

Definition of erroneous

1 : containing or characterized by error : mistaken erroneous assumptions gave an erroneous impression
2 archaic : wandering

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Other Words from erroneous

erroneously adverb
erroneousness noun

How to Define Erroneous

Erroneous basically means "containing errors", and, since most of us are constantly suffering from mistaken notions, the word is often used in front of words such as "assumption" and "idea". It's also used to describe the kind of mistaken information that can lead to erroneous theories, erroneous conclusions, and erroneous decisions.

Examples of erroneous in a Sentence

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 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 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 a news article about the new virus that was filled with much erroneous information
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Recent Examples on the Web But other economists say those findings were based on erroneous assumptions. Charlotte Cowles, New York Times, "The Week in Business: Google Is Coming for Your Health Records," 17 Nov. 2019 In the two crashes, MCAS kicked on due to an erroneous sensor reading and pushed the plane’s nose downward. Washington Post, "When Will Boeing 737 Max Fly Again and More Questions," 12 Nov. 2019 Despite many erroneous reports, MLS Commissioner Don Garber did not state that AC Milan was signing Zlatan Ibrahimović. Harjeet Johal, Pro Soccer USA, "Zlatan Ibrahimovic to AC Milan? Not so fast, says MLS commissioner Don Garber," 12 Nov. 2019 In both cases, a software system received erroneous readings from a sensor and repeatedly forced the planes’ noses down until pilots lost control. latimes.com, "Boeing lands a showstopper deal to sell 200 new 737 Max planes," 18 June 2019 The crashes in October and March were caused when a software system received erroneous readings from a sensor, repeatedly forcing the nose of the planes down until pilots lost control. Julie Johnsson And Benjamin Katz / Bloomberg, Time, "This Airline Just Ordered 200 of Boeing’s Troubled 737 Max Jets — Even Though They’re Still Grounded," 18 June 2019 Following the October 29th Lion Air plane crash in Indonesia which killed all aboard, Boeing has issued a safety warning for erroneous readings on the sensors of its 737 Max aircraft. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Boeing issues safety bulletin on 737 Max aircraft following Lion Air crash," 7 Nov. 2018 This distortion was exacerbated by a common practice incited by the erroneous belief that women spoke more softly than men: engineers automatically turned up the volume knob when a woman took her place behind the mic. Tina Tallon, The New Yorker, "A Century of “Shrill”: How Bias in Technology Has Hurt Women’s Voices," 3 Sep. 2019 After the authors removed erroneous data, the paper was republished with similar conclusions. David Adam, Scientific American, "How a Data Detective Exposed Suspicious Medical Trials," 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of erroneous

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for erroneous

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

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erroneous

adjective
How to pronounce erroneous (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of erroneous

formal : not correct

erroneous

adjective
er·​ro·​ne·​ous | \ i-ˈrō-nē-əs How to pronounce erroneous (audio) \

Kids Definition of erroneous

erroneous

adjective
er·​ro·​ne·​ous | \ i-ˈrō-nē-əs, e- How to pronounce erroneous (audio) \

Legal Definition of erroneous

: containing or characterized by error — see also clearly erroneous

Other Words from erroneous

erroneously adverb
erroneousness noun

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