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


mistaken, wrong


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

Northwestern said that figure is incorrect and that the university did not even have 11,700 graduating students during that time. Ethan Baron, The Mercury News, "Fremont tech university in compliance over job placements, accreditor says," 19 June 2019 Earlier media reports that Brazil had been affected turned out to be incorrect. Jeffrey T. Lewis, WSJ, "Argentina, Uruguay Blacked Out by Massive Power Failure," 16 June 2019 But on Thursday, the spokeswoman said that information was incorrect and that Foil had not approved such a request. Robert Rhoden,, "Ex-Sheriff Jack Strain still in jail with bond set at $400,000," 13 June 2019 Dani Parejo pulled back for Rodrigo to slot in, but referee Willie Collum deemed Parejo to have initially taken the ball in an offside position, with replays showing the decision to be incorrect., "Spain 3-0 Sweden: Report, Ratings and Reaction as La Furia Roja Take Control of Group F," 10 June 2019 Correction: Because of reporting errors, in a story about Owen A. Labrie in Saturday’s Metro section, the name of a judge in the case and the location of a jail were incorrect., "For the record," 10 June 2019 The original credit for the photograph was also incorrect. The Christian Science Monitor, "Corrections," 4 Mar. 2019 Applications are longer and are often denied because of simple mistakes, like using incorrect date formatting, Reyes said. Erin B. Logan,, "Howard immigration nonprofit looks into restructuring amid financial concerns," 20 June 2019 Moonlight Stage Productions has opened its 39th season with a well-performed, funny, politically-incorrect musical intended for adults only. Pomerado News, "REVIEW: Moonlight’s ‘The Producers’ is intentionally-offensive comedy," 19 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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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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