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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Other Words from incorrect

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 The statement in last week’s column that genetically tweaked salmon will not be clearly identified for U.S. consumers was incorrect. Anchorage Daily News, "As most Alaska salmon fishing regions face another season of mediocre runs, Russia hikes competitive pressure," 23 Feb. 2021 The feelings that make up our lived experience can be incorrect. Blake Smith, Washington Examiner, "Simone de Beauvoir and the perversion of 'lived experience'," 11 Feb. 2021 Any list of the best performances of all time that doesn’t include Al Pacino’s work in this 1975 masterpiece is simply incorrect. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 100 Best Movies on HBO Max," 1 Feb. 2021 The three-dimensional figures of cherubs and the Art Nouveau style lady are eye-catching, and the design suggests it was made at the turn of the 20th century or just a tad before — but that would be incorrect. Helaine Fendelman And Joe Rosson, Star Tribune, "Centerpiece is in Art Nouveau style, but not of that era," 26 Jan. 2021 As of Wednesday morning, 709 absentee ballots were challenged due to missing or incorrect information, or other deficiencies. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, "What if I haven’t received my Ohio absentee ballot yet? Here’s some answers," 29 Oct. 2020 Anybody could come up with a fake address and send a fake ballot with incorrect instructions to ensure a ballot didn’t get counted, Larson said. Ashley Nerbovig, Detroit Free Press, "Watch out for email and website spoofs this election season," 25 Oct. 2020 Election clerks are required to attempt to contact you if your vote is rejected for a missing or incorrect signature. CBS News, "How do I vote in my state in the 2020 election?," 18 Sep. 2020 Whitmer and health officials counter, noting GOP arguments that the mandate forces restaurants to close is incorrect while noting the CDC indicates eating indoors near people from other households is a high-risk activity. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "Whitmer won't say why former health director Robert Gordon left MDHHS," 25 Jan. 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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2 Mar 2021

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“Incorrect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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