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

Definition of incorrect

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

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incorrectly \ ˌin-​kə-​ˈrek(t)-​lē How to pronounce incorrect (audio) \ adverb
incorrectness \ ˌin-​kə-​ˈrek(t)-​nəs How to pronounce incorrect (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 Afghanistan Economic predictions are always difficult and are often incorrect, but the economic crisis Afghanistan currently faces was easy to foresee. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 8 Jan. 2022 This is incorrect, according to test kit manufacturers. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 4 Jan. 2022 In this case, the chancery court said, the revenue agency’s calculation of tax based on the taxpayer’s gross sales, without allowing for the credit for sales taxes paid, is incorrect. Roxanne Bland, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2022 Studies have found its positive results are incorrect more than 90 percent of the time. New York Times, 1 Jan. 2022 Nehemiah and Melinda are the first to call for a check, but their results are incorrect — and Melinda doesn't even know where to begin in looking for their mistake. Sydney Bucksbaum,, 30 Dec. 2021 Elliott said the audit contained inaccuracies, its legal conclusions were incorrect and its assessments were based on speculation rather than fact. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Dec. 2021 But two elements of Biden's Wednesday version were different than usual, and both of these changes were incorrect. Oren Liebermann, CNN, 5 Dec. 2021 Or because there’s something deeply creepy about a bossy robot…especially one that reminds you that your winnings will be docked if your answers are incorrect. Karen Hopkin, Scientific American, 1 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of incorrect

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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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13 Jan 2022

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“Incorrect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of incorrect

: not true or accurate : wrong
: 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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