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1 being in agreement with the truth or a fact or a standard
  • a real brainteaser with only one correct solution to it

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3 marked by or showing careful attention to set forms and details
  • the correct method for folding the American flag

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Synonyms & Antonyms of correct (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to remove errors, defects, deficiencies, or deviations from
  • more time will be needed to correct the computer program

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2 to balance with an equal force so as to make ineffective
  • hopefully the young entrepreneur's professionalism will serve to correct his partner's extreme enthusiasm in the eyes of investors

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3 to inflict a penalty on for a fault or crime
  • an insensitive boss who liked to correct subordinates in front of their colleagues

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Frequently Asked Questions About correct

How is the word correct different from other adjectives like it?

Some common synonyms of correct are accurate, exact, nice, precise, and right. While all these words mean "conforming to fact, standard, or truth," correct usually implies freedom from fault or error.

correct answers

socially correct dress

When could accurate be used to replace correct?

The synonyms accurate and correct are sometimes interchangeable, but accurate implies fidelity to fact or truth attained by exercise of care.

an accurate description

When can exact be used instead of correct?

The words exact and correct are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, exact stresses a very strict agreement with fact, standard, or truth.

exact measurements

Where would nice be a reasonable alternative to correct?

While in some cases nearly identical to correct, nice stresses great precision and delicacy of adjustment or discrimination.

makes nice distinctions

How do precise and exact relate to one another, in the sense of correct?

Precise adds to exact an emphasis on sharpness of definition or delimitation.

precise calibration

How are the words right and correct related?

Right is close to correct but has a stronger positive emphasis on conformity to fact or truth rather than mere absence of error or fault.

the right thing to do

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The first known use of correct was in the 14th century

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“Correct.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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