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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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  • They erroneously claim that nuclear plant construction starts the day that someone wants to build one.
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British Dictionary definitions for erroneously


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 erroneously

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 erroneously



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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