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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Recent Examples on the Web

Colleagues will not necessarily know what to expect and may make incorrect assumptions about when they’ll be brought into the loop. Liz Reyer, The Seattle Times, "Work dynamics: How to make decisions when everybody wants to have a say," 31 Aug. 2018 Thanks to the internet, readers are less likely nowadays to make incorrect assumptions about my race. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "Getting Around Is About to Get Harder for Minorities," 14 Aug. 2018 But that assumption is simply incorrect, as everyone faces challenges in life. Jessica A. Gold, SELF, "A Psychiatrist Explains Why You May Feel Annoyed When You Hear Celebrities Talk About Anxiety," 3 Aug. 2018 In other words, if the birth time is incorrect, your entire astrological cosmology will be inaccurate, and that’s obviously a bummer. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The 12 Astrological Houses: Interpreting Your Birth Chart Beyond the Zodiac," 6 Oct. 2018 Our pilot, who was only 23, was given GPS coordinates that turned out to be incorrect! Georgia Dean, Condé Nast Traveler, "Co-Piloting a 54-Day Flight With My Dad: Dispatch #4," 3 Oct. 2018 As many of his colleagues in the USPHS have pointed out, this information is incorrect. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Missing CDC employee's body found in river weeks after disappearance, police say," 2 Oct. 2018 Clarification A previous version of this story referenced a CMPD tweet that gave an incorrect time frame. Julianna Rennie, charlotteobserver, "Seven Latino men were robbed in ‘targeted’ incidents over two-day period, CMPD says," 12 July 2018 Simply relying on the insurance company’s broker or its accountants could cause an incorrect assessment of your cover and business interruption loss calculation. Steven A. Wolf, miamiherald, "Prepare for the aftermath of hurricane season," 29 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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