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 My sole purpose in releasing the video was absolute transparency because my community was being ripped apart by erroneous accusations and assumptions. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, "We Are Living in the Age of the Black-Panic Defense," 9 May 2020 Holyfield is forced into a temporary retirement after a post-fight exam reveals a cardiac disorder, which later turns out to be erroneous. John Scheibe, Los Angeles Times, "This day in sports: Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax delivers another masterful performance," 22 Apr. 2020 At an evidentiary hearing in 2018 in Comanche, Texas, his attorneys presented evidence that the forensic testimony used to convict him was erroneous. Pamela Colloff, ProPublica, "33 Years After Dubious Evidence Helped Convict Him, Joe Bryan Has Been Released on Parole," 31 Mar. 2020 Mat-Su got undue attention as a book banning hub during former Gov. Sarah Palin’s vice-presidential bid when erroneous rumors circulated that Palin got volumes removed from the Wasilla Libary in the 1990s. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Mat-Su school board pulls five books from English courses, including “Invisible Man” and “Catch-22”," 24 Apr. 2020 Every serology test is going to produce some erroneous results. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "The results of coronavirus ‘serosurveys’ are starting to be released. Here’s how to kick their tires," 24 Apr. 2020 The state's map also showed some ZIP codes with erroneous numbers and appeared not to include a number of ZIP codes that exist in Arizona. AZCentral.com, "Coronavirus by ZIP code: New data shows where cases are found across Arizona," 13 Apr. 2020 Over the past few weeks, Trump has made several erroneous statements relating to hydroxychloroquine studies. Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, "President Trump is wrong in so many ways about hydroxychloroquine studies. Here are the facts," 10 Apr. 2020 Kathleen Deagan, a professor of archaeology at the University of Florida, said people have spent their careers trying to correct the erroneous belief. USA Today, "Forget what you know about 1619, historians say. Slavery began a half century before Jamestown," 17 Dec. 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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The first known use of erroneous was in the 15th century

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21 May 2020

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“Erroneous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/erroneous. Accessed 4 Jun. 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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