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

Other Words from incorrect

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Ben McCanna/Portland Press Herald Correction: Because of incorrect information provided by officials, an earlier version of this report gave the wrong age for Octavia Huber Young. Globe Staff,, 23 May 2022 With the explosion of social media as a vector for misinformation, incorrect information is often shared on multiple channels, such as Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, etc. Pranav Desai, Forbes, 16 May 2022 An article on May 1 about the Fire Island Pines Historical Preservation Society, relying on incorrect information from a tour guide, misidentified the address of the house that once belonged to the dancer and actress Joan McCracken. New York Times, 15 May 2022 An earlier version of this story cited an incorrect figure for the number of Covid deaths reported by the U.S. for 2020 and 2021. Helen Branswell, STAT, 9 May 2022 Watch out for other common mistakes, like misspelling your name, listing the wrong address, or including the incorrect number of miles allotted in your lease. cleveland, 7 May 2022 Then there's that name—and the incorrect suspicion that these dresses are just for kids. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 May 2022 Despite companies’ best efforts, data can be missing, out of date or just plain incorrect. Patrick Niersbach, Forbes, 5 May 2022 The action follows a customer complaint that the product has an incorrect label on the bottom of the bowl. Chris Smith, BGR, 4 May 2022 See More

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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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25 May 2022

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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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