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 The 13-year-old gave police an incorrect name and repeatedly declined to give them a parent’s phone number. Michael Laris, Washington Post, "‘Horseplay’ by boys at Metro station descends into accusations of assault, excessive force and 13-year-old in cuffs," 10 Feb. 2020 The image of the doctor as a stoic figure is incorrect. WSJ, "James Taylor: We Feel an Entitlement to Never Feel Sad," 6 Feb. 2020 More than one-quarter of the numbers listed were incorrect. Lila Flavin, STAT, "A government database is supposed to help people seeking treatment for opioid addiction. It often doesn’t," 9 Jan. 2020 An earlier version of this story gave an incorrect name for the HB6 repeal campaign. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Ohio House Bill 6 repeal campaign, struggling to find petitioners, hires supervisor with fraud conviction," 4 Oct. 2019 Gautz said that although the incorrect name and date of birth for Kevin Gray appears on the prison website, the criminal history the website lists for him is accurate. Paul Egan, USA TODAY, "Man went to prison posing as his dead brother. Here's what happens next," 20 Aug. 2019 Business: The March 9 Michigan House Envy had an incorrect name spelling and place of employment for one of the subjects. Detroit Free Press, "Corrections & Clarifications," 1 July 2019 The incorrect name had sticking power and is still heard today. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smokey Bear's first costume was made in Mercer, and the head is still on display there," 13 Apr. 2019 Yesterday’s editorial item about the school-supply drive had the name incorrect for YWCA Seattle-King-Snohomish. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "The Thailand cave rescue is complete, and more on the Supreme Court | Tuesday Morning Brief, July 10," 10 July 2018

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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 2020

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“Incorrect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 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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