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 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 These incorrect and phantom scents are likely a sign that the body is healing itself, albeit incorrectly. Tara Santora, Popular Science, "Can’t smell or taste the bacon? It’s probably a sign of COVID-19.," 11 Dec. 2020 To lump them all together only serves to give a terrifyingly incorrect and false sense of security. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Election conspiracy theories, the future of the GOP, COVID risks, men's loneliness," 9 Dec. 2020 Family reunions are always a bit messy: Someone brings the wrong potato salad, says something politically incorrect or pokes at an unspoken secret. Washington Post, "‘I lost everything’: Janet Hubert confronts Will Smith about their falling out in the ‘Fresh Prince’ reunion," 19 Nov. 2020 Even if the homeowner appears to be incorrect or uninformed, do not steal their time by interrupting. Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "HOA Homefront – Embrace open forum!," 16 Nov. 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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18 Feb 2021

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“Incorrect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 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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