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

Kaiser said in addition to incorrect information, omitting information on medications, allergies and lab results from a patient’s records can be dangerous. What is — and was — the Masonic Homes? Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "The 'sad, scary case' of how a nursing home whistleblower exposed a fatal cover-up," 3 July 2019 The News Reports about the Department of Commerce dropping its quest to put the Citizenship Question on the Census is incorrect or, to state it differently, FAKE! Reuters, The Mercury News, "Trump’s comments sow ‘confusion’ over census question," 3 July 2019 The News Reports about the Department of Commerce dropping its quest to put the Citizenship Question on the Census is incorrect or, to state it differently, FAKE! Andrew Harris, Fortune, "Trump Vows to Keep Census Fight Alive as DOJ Weighs Legal Option," 3 July 2019 This is incorrect, the streams are weighed 3,600:1 and 1,200:1, respectively. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "After Nearly Two-Month Delay, Rolling Stone Launches Music Charts," 2 July 2019 Due to incorrect information provided to the Bee, online versions of this story listed a woman’s name as Morgan. Aaron Carnes, sacbee, "Indie band with a strong fan connection brings passionate folk rock to Sacramento," 16 Feb. 2018 Among the incidents that caused problems: A car hit a train on the West Trenton Line on Jan. 4, which shut down a portion of that line, leading to incorrect information both on the app and through announcements. Jason Laughlin,, "SEPTA app stymied by scheduling confusion caused by cold and snow," 12 Jan. 2018 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

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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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