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 incorrectly (audio) \ adverb
incorrectness \ ˌin-​kə-​ˈrek(t)-​nəs How to pronounce incorrectness (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 Dear Annie: What is the protocol when a dear friend repeatedly uses an incorrect word or incorrectly pronounces something when speaking to you? Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Is friend’s word mispronunciation worth a mention?," 1 Aug. 2020 David Bittler, Nickelodeon's executive vice president for corporate communications, says the claim is incorrect. Donnelle Eller, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Nickelodeon did not run BLM, LGBTQ public service spots targeting toddlers," 31 July 2020 The dates listed on that map are incorrect — the switch will take place between July 31 and August 2 (not July 24 and 27). Dallas News, "Grapevine roadwork update: See which roads are under construction and how they might affect traffic," 30 July 2020 Several respondents repeated the incorrect claim that masks are a danger to a person’s health or could make a person sick. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Journal Sentinel and USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin asked what you thought about the mask mandate. Here's what we heard," 30 July 2020 Ultimately, the contestants still guessed the incorrect answer and dubbed Markle the Duchess of Cornwall. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "Ryan Reynolds Jokes About Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Royal Exit…Again," 12 July 2020 The Federal Placard indicates an incorrect Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR). Detroit Free Press, "Car recalls for July 2-9," 10 July 2020 It was then donated to the Mace Brown Museum of Natural History for further study, but categorized as belonging to Squalodon, an extinct genus of whales — which researchers of the study said was an incorrect classification. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "An extinct giant dolphin behaved like a killer whale, study finds," 9 July 2020 For example, Linus Pauling, who won the Nobel Prize for discovering the structure of proteins, later published an incorrect structure of DNA. Mark R. O'brian, The Conversation, "Retractions and controversies over coronavirus research show that the process of science is working as it should," 6 July 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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4 Aug 2020

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“Incorrect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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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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