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 Computers still struggle to match this capability and training a machine learning algorithm on data that doesn’t quite match reality can lead to erroneous conclusions. Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes, "Nvidia Launches 1,000 TOPS Automated Driving Chip, Volvo To Launch Orin-Powered System In 2022," 12 Apr. 2021 Jonathan Modie, a spokesman for Oregon’s Health Authority, declined to say what the state’s reporting status was or shed any light on where the erroneous data came from. oregonlive, "Oregon sees share of coronavirus cases rise in 10-19 age group," 7 Apr. 2021 Worst of all is that the Inquirer was forced to correct the same erroneous assertion less than a year and a half ago. Corey Deangelis, National Review, "The Pernicious Myth of Shrinking Public-School Budgets," 6 Apr. 2021 The attorneys argued the grand jurors voted to indict their clients after hearing about the erroneous ballistics analysis. Washington Post, "National forensics board suspends D.C. crime lab’s accreditation, halting analysis of crime evidence, city says," 3 Apr. 2021 Wolff said two witnesses identified Smothers as the perpetrator, but they were shown only a single photograph of him, rather than an array of photos, which is a standard practice to avoid erroneous eyewitness identifications. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "The wrong guy: Charges will be dropped against 1 man in brutal torture-murder case," 26 Mar. 2021 Accusations of espionage are often found to be erroneous and ungrounded in science, then dropped. Alicia Lai, Scientific American, "Prosecuting Asian American Scientists for Espionage Is a Shortsighted Strategy," 22 Mar. 2021 So Americans who filed in July could still be receiving erroneous correspondence from the IRS, Mathis explained. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "COVID stimulus checks: Millions face tax refund delays as first batch of $1,400 relief payments roll out," 15 Mar. 2021 That judge would issue an order for compensation if the person has been pardoned by the governor due to an erroneous conviction, their conviction was reversed or they were found not guilty on a retrial. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "‘A clearer path’: Maryland on track to set guidelines for compensating those wrongly convicted," 8 Mar. 2021

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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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20 Apr 2021

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“Erroneous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/erroneous. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for erroneous

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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