incorrect

adjective
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

Synonyms

mistaken, wrong

Antonyms

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

Applications are longer and are often denied because of simple mistakes, like using incorrect date formatting, Reyes said. Erin B. Logan, baltimoresun.com, "Howard immigration nonprofit looks into restructuring amid financial concerns," 20 June 2019 Moonlight Stage Productions has opened its 39th season with a well-performed, funny, politically-incorrect musical intended for adults only. Pomerado News, "REVIEW: Moonlight’s ‘The Producers’ is intentionally-offensive comedy," 19 June 2019 Kavanaugh wrote, and that was deemed an incorrect interpretation by all. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The latest US Supreme Court rulings are blowing up pundits’ predictions," 15 June 2019 The pilot attempted to correct the situation but, acting on incorrect information, took action that actually made the problem worse. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Last Year's F-15 Fighter Crash Was Due to “Pilot Error,” Report Says," 25 Apr. 2019 But his Tuesday morning attacks on Twitter were factually incorrect about the motorcycle maker’s plans. Gabrielle Coppola, latimes.com, "Trump attacks Harley-Davidson, but his facts are wrong," 26 June 2018 The theory that Communism would sweep across southeast Asia proved incorrect. Nicholas Grossman, National Review, "The U.S. Needs to Rethink What Winning in Afghanistan Looks Like," 7 Feb. 2018 But a lawsuit filed last week by New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood alleges that four of the tax returns Trump signed contained incorrect statements, confirming previous reports by The Washington Post. David A. Fahrenthold, chicagotribune.com, "The four times Trump signed tax returns for his foundation that contained incorrect information," 22 June 2018 The more recent Perdue recall was spurred when a retail location notified the company of an incorrect labeling issue. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Two Brands of Chicken Nuggets Were Recalled This Week," 30 Jan. 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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incorrect

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of incorrect

: not true or accurate
: having errors or mistakes
: not proper or appropriate in a particular situation

incorrect

adjective
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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