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
Recent Examples on the Web That accounts for roughly $99 billion in fraudulent and erroneous payments—an amount equivalent to the GDP of Ecuador. Sally Pipes, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Some of those loans may contain erroneous payment counts without any clear sense of how they will be fixed. Danielle Douglas-gabriel, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Apr. 2022 The erroneous reports come as Taipei expresses concerns over China's potential military moves against the island following Russia's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. Eric Cheung, CNN, 21 Apr. 2022 Kelly said Tuesday that the social media post was not authorized by her organization or any agency, and that its claim that Section 8 vouchers were being handed out freely at the location was erroneous. al, 31 Mar. 2022 Kelly said Tuesday that the social media post was not authorized by her organization or any agency, and that its claim that Section 8 vouchers were being handed out freely at the location was erroneous. al, 31 Mar. 2022 These examples of misinformed comments that perpetuate erroneous (and dangerous) beliefs conflating weight with worth are everywhere. Michelle Konstantinovsky, Glamour, 26 Feb. 2022 If it is found to be erroneous, pornographic, or shown not to be age-appropriate, for example, it can be removed. Lee Lawrence, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Feb. 2022 Kelly said Tuesday that the social media post was not authorized by her organization or any agency, and that its claim that Section 8 vouchers were being handed out freely at the location was erroneous. al, 31 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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2 May 2022

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“Erroneous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/erroneous. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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erroneous

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

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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

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erroneously adverb
erroneousness noun

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