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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Unfortunately, his reputation is slightly damaged by an uncharacteristically-poor performance in Chile four years prior, French newspaper L'Equipe predicting the end of Yashin's career following an erroneous display against Colombia in a 4-4 draw. SI.com, "The 50 Greatest Footballers Who Never Won the World Cup," 2 July 2019 Metabolic differences between animal models and humans can lead to erroneous predictions of human pharmacokinetic profiles, thereby misleading a drug-development program, but this obstacle, too, can typically be overcome. Amar Dhand, STAT, "It’s time to find new targets for brain diseases instead of just pursuing old ones," 26 June 2019 The Red Cross Emergency App has issued erroneous #wildfire evacuation notices for residents in #Fontana & other parts of our region. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "California Red Cross chapter apologizes for false wildfire evacuation alerts," 6 Aug. 2018 Kushner was criticized for filing erroneous financial disclosures, amending his submissions nearly four dozen times. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner made up to $135 million while working for free," 15 June 2019 The suggestion that this process is being stalled is completely erroneous. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Report: $20 redesign was underway well before the delay," 14 June 2019 The government sued in November, claiming erroneous refunds were issued for the 2006, 2007 and 2008 tax years because Discovery claimed unpermitted exclusions of extraterritorial income. Ashley Cullins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood Docket: 'Baby Driver' Settlement; 'Inside Out' Ruling; TMNT Trademark Fight," 14 Feb. 2018 The statements marked a week of fiction in which Trump also made erroneous claims about the California wildfires and the Russia investigation and falsely declared that his tariffs on foreign goods will help erase $21 trillion in national debt. Christopher Rugaber, The Seattle Times, "Fact-checking Trump’s week of economic and other fictions," 13 Aug. 2018 But prosecutors have said Vance’s ruling was erroneous and would set bad legal precedents regarding the strength of evidence needed to overcome time limits on appeals. Kevin Mcgill, The Seattle Times, "Free after 36 years, he won’t face prosecution in 1980 death," 20 Nov. 2018

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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

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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