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[uh-roh-nee-uh s, e-roh-] /əˈroʊ ni əs, ɛˈroʊ-/
containing error; mistaken; incorrect; wrong:
an erroneous answer.
straying from what is moral, decent, proper, etc.
Origin of erroneous
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin errōneus straying, equivalent to errōn- (stem of errō) wanderer (derivative of err-; see err) + -eus -eous
Related forms
erroneously, adverb
erroneousness, noun
nonerroneous, adjective
nonerroneously, adverb
nonerroneousness, noun
1. inaccurate, untrue, false.
1. accurate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for erroneous
  • If erroneous data and theory was used to develop these models, then models are wrong.
  • Relative evaluations on arbitrary criteria and tendencies to impose new value systems can be erroneous and damaging.
  • On second thought, my advice about pop quizzes was erroneous.
  • More often than not, they reach erroneous conclusions.
  • It's an erroneous assumption that one's weight is not beyond one's control.
  • This is based on an erroneous reading of various disparate public records.
  • The title of this article is erroneous.
  • The hilariously erroneous accounts of my activities reported as fact in his newspaper provoked morning belly laughs.
  • Although many of his conclusions have been proved erroneous, they attracted a large following.
  • That seems to me to be an erroneous assumption.
British Dictionary definitions for erroneous


based on or containing error; mistaken; incorrect
Derived Forms
erroneously, adverb
erroneousness, noun
Word Origin
C14: (in the sense: deviating from what is right), from Latin errōneus, from errāre to wander
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Contemporary definitions for erroneous

straying from a wise or right path

Word Origin

Latin errare 'to wander''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for erroneous

late 14c., from Old French erroneus and directly from Latin erroneus "vagrant, wandering" (in Late Latin "erroneous"), from erronem (nominative erro) "vagabond," from errare "to wander, err" (see err). Related: Erroneously.

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