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 That is incorrect, if the two lose their races, the Senate will be split 50-48 in favor of Republicans. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Early voting in Georgia exceeds 3M just days before Senate runoff," 1 Jan. 2021 In a federal case the Trump campaign brought seeking to delay certification of the results in Michigan, the specific mention of a ballot cast by a dead voter was incorrect: No vote was cast through the dead man’s registration. New York Times, "Trump’s Fraud Claims Died in Court, but the Myth of Stolen Elections Lives On," 26 Dec. 2020 While some of the early numbers for previous years are correct, the number of deaths in the table for 2019 and 2020 are incorrect. Katie Landeck, USA TODAY, "Fact check: 2020 has been more deadly in the US compared with recent years," 25 Dec. 2020 Xcel said the Commerce Department's conclusions were incorrect. Mike Hughlett, Star Tribune, "Minnesota regulators approve $750M Xcel wind power project," 23 Dec. 2020 How to challenge a medical bill Medical bills can be confusing, but double checking charges and challenging anything that looks incorrect can save a lot of money, according to AARP. Rebekah L. Sanders, The Arizona Republic, "Their 5-year-old broke his arm, and they paid the bills. Then came another charge, for more than $2,000," 29 Oct. 2020 Late last week, the federal Operation Warp Speed effort said its initial estimates for how many doses Ohio and other states would receive were incorrect. Briana Rice, The Enquirer, "First week of COVID-19 vaccines: Ohio administered 6,733 doses," 21 Dec. 2020 Late Friday, Belgian media noted there was at least one error in the document — the number of doses of CureVac that the country planned to purchase was incorrect — but said that the prices per dose appeared to be accurate. Washington Post, "Europe is paying less than U.S. for many coronavirus vaccines," 19 Dec. 2020 The Court of Criminal Appeals said the judge’s ruling was incorrect. Ashley Remkus |, al, "Huntsville man’s death sentence overturned," 17 Dec. 2020

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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 2021

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“Incorrect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce incorrect (audio)

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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