in·​cor·​rect | \ ˌin-kə-ˈrekt How to pronounce incorrect (audio) \

Definition of incorrect

1 obsolete : not corrected or chastened
2a : inaccurate, faulty an incorrect transcription
b : not true : wrong incorrect answers
3 : unbecoming, improper incorrect behavior

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incorrectly \ ˌin-​kə-​ˈrek(t)-​lē How to pronounce incorrectly (audio) \ adverb
incorrectness \ ˌin-​kə-​ˈrek(t)-​nəs How to pronounce incorrectness (audio) \ noun

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Examples of incorrect in a Sentence

The doctor's diagnosis was incorrect. The story in the newspaper is incorrect. The restaurant considers jeans and T-shirts incorrect attire for dinner.
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Recent Examples on the Web If that assumption is incorrect and the industry can’t figure out how to make money in therapy, there could be a painful knock-on effect for biotech. Damian Garde, STAT, "3 trends in biotech to watch in 2020," 26 Dec. 2019 Many commentators responded to explain why that perception of the Confederate flag is incorrect. Fortune, "Ousting Moonves Didn’t Fix Everything at CBS," 9 Dec. 2019 The replay ump can sort it out after the play if the call was incorrect. Paul Uhls,, "Guest Morning Line: Let's figure out instant replay in sports or just stop using it," 3 Jan. 2020 Correction: Because of incorrect information from the SEIU, a previous version of this story gave the wrong salary for low-income school workers. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "Chicago schools strike is for aides living off less than $36,000 a year, union members say," 18 Oct. 2019 The situation was partially cleared up Monday when officials acknowledged the couple had received incorrect information because someone at the city had misread the map. Erin Hegarty,, "Harry’s Cafe is back in compliance with city code; new deal to keep business at Naperville train station to be drafted," 4 Oct. 2019 Fake news is when someone intentionally, with a (mischievous) purpose, spreads incorrect information. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Getting trolled is a small price to pay to get information out of Kashmir, says activist Shehla Rashid," 22 Aug. 2019 Question anyone who is offering incorrect information or suggestions. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, "Horoscopes: Aug. 22, 2019," 22 Aug. 2019 The social media campaign against MLB was heartfelt, but misguided and based on incorrect information. Will Lochamy,, "What’s wrong? What’s right in Birmingham in June?," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of incorrect

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for incorrect

Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin incorrectus, from in- + correctus correct

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

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21 Jan 2020

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“Incorrect.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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How to pronounce incorrect (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of incorrect

: not true or accurate
: having errors or mistakes
: not proper or appropriate in a particular situation


in·​cor·​rect | \ ˌin-kə-ˈrekt How to pronounce incorrect (audio) \

Kids Definition of incorrect

1 : not accurate or true : not correct : wrong an incorrect answer
2 : not proper incorrect behavior

Other Words from incorrect

incorrectly adverb

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