in·cor·rect | \ˌin-kə-ˈrekt \

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 \ adverb
incorrectness \ˌin-kə-ˈrek(t)-nəs \ noun

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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The Council of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, along with the Revs. Jesse Jackson and William Barber, in separate statements, called Sessions' use of biblical scripture incorrect. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, ""Christians everywhere should be up in arms": Willie Nelson speaks out on immigrant family separations at border," 19 June 2018 Such a certification means that if a person knowingly included incorrect financial information, the OGE can seek a civil penalty such as a fine or refer the matter to the Justice Department for criminal prosecution. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "Trump Discloses Reimbursing Cohen for Stormy Daniels Payment," 16 May 2018 In Oregon in 2015, about 8,000 victims received incorrect reports that criminals would be released. Julie Zauzmer And Keith L. Alexander, Washington Post, "Mistaken D.C. alert wrongly says voyeur rabbi is leaving jail early, raising anxieties among his victims," 26 Apr. 2018 Word of the student's threat went viral, prompting about 100 parents to check out their children Thursday morning, exacerbated by incorrect media reports that the school was on lockdown. Michelle Hunter,, "13-year-old Marrero student arrested after Instagram shooting threat: JPSO," 23 Feb. 2018 Photo: Getty Images The matter now goes to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, where a three-judge panel will consider the Justice Department’s claims that Judge Leon was incorrect. Drew Fitzgerald, WSJ, "Justice Department Appeals Ruling Allowing AT&T-Time Warner Merger," 12 July 2018 In the June 27 Arts and Entertainment section feature about LGBTQ artists, the lead photo credit information was incorrect. Chicago Tribune,, "Corrections and clarifications," 3 July 2018 In addition, the statement said, the master’s findings are incorrect. Andrea Estes,, "Investigation alleges misconduct by Thornton Law Firm, recommends severe sanctions," 29 June 2018 The drug may also cause an incorrect positive in urine drug screening tests for methadone, opiates, and PCP, according to the drug website. Korin Miller, SELF, "What to Know About Bonjesta, the Morning Sickness Drug Kim Kardashian Is Posting About on Instagram," 28 June 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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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 \

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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