incorrect

adjective
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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Other Words from incorrect

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for incorrect

Synonyms

mistaken, wrong

Antonyms

correct, right

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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

The more recent Perdue recall was spurred when a retail location notified the company of an incorrect labeling issue. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Two Brands of Chicken Nuggets Were Recalled This Week," 30 Jan. 2019 There’s a way to do a headline that doesn’t just amplify an incorrect statement, right? Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: NBC journalists Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell and Hallie Jackson on Recode Decode," 5 Dec. 2018 But the investigating attorney used an incorrect email for the congressman, so Jordan never received the message, Fury said. Eliza Collins, USA TODAY, "Trump says he '100 percent' believes Rep. Jim Jordan's denials he knew of abuse allegations," 5 July 2018 On the incorrect fourth floor, Luann dropped her bag while searching for her room key. refinery29.com, "Luann Told The Entire Side Of Her Arrest Story On RHONY," 21 June 2018 Brokaw’s comments are both xenophobic and factually incorrect, Varela said. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "Brokaw says he feels terrible commentary offended Hispanics," 28 Jan. 2019 Previously, American officials didn't think the Safir even had a third stage, so previous information about the rocket was either incorrect or the rocket launched yesterday incorporated a new invention. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Iranian Satellite Launch, Seen by Some as Cover for Missile Research, Fails," 15 Jan. 2019 This is nothing new: TV networks have only recently stopped beaming Trump rallies live in all of their vulgar, abusive, factually incorrect glory, and not due to a crisis of conscience: the ratings were no longer there. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Why You Shouldn't Watch Trump's Oval Office Address Tonight," 8 Jan. 2019 Luckily, grammar sticklers have pointed out the mistake on many posts using the incorrect spelling. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "America can't spell: Melania Trump, others use #IndependanceDay — not Independence Day," 4 July 2018

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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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incorrect

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of incorrect

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

incorrect

adjective
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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