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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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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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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