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 The changes ordered by the F.A.A. include updating MCAS to avoid erroneous activation, updating display software to alert pilots when data from sensors conflicts, rerouting some internal wiring and updating the flight manual. Niraj Chokshi, New York Times, "Boeing 737 Max Is Cleared by F.A.A. to Fly Again," 18 Nov. 2020 The lawsuit also accuses the city of filing an erroneous worker’s compensation claim to deny Limon industrial leave and failing to properly designate her leave as unpaid, which cost her benefits and wages and allegedly worsened her symptoms. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego paying out $425K to crime scene specialist for alleged harassment, retaliation," 16 Nov. 2020 The notion that there’s a huge difference between the two runners is erroneous. cleveland, "The 5-3 Browns at midseason: A position-by-position analysis," 14 Nov. 2020 The errors were only up for about 15 minutes, but some national political news sites retweeted the erroneous information. USA TODAY, "We fact-checked President Trump's speech about the election. Here's what we found.," 6 Nov. 2020 Absence is all the more appealing this year, because of the slim chance that anything will be decided Tuesday, notwithstanding the president’s erroneous belief, or tactical insistence, that everything must be packed away by bedtime. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, "On election night 2020, I consciously decoupled from the news. Here’s how it went," 4 Nov. 2020 Anthony Drago, a Boston immigration lawyer, said one of his clients was among those given erroneous information. Collin Binkley, Star Tribune, "Feds wrongly tell new US citizens they missed chance to vote," 29 Oct. 2020 There were plenty of examples of misleading information and erroneous claims, even if their precise impact on the election outcomes remains uncertain. NBC News, "'Not done': Why social media's biggest election test is ahead," 5 Nov. 2020 So almost certainly, that first test was erroneous. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "UAB doctor talks COVID vaccine, future: ‘I’m hopeful but not confident’," 30 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of erroneous was in the 15th century

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3 Dec 2020

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“Erroneous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/erroneous. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for erroneous

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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