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[in-kuh-rekt] /ˌɪn kəˈrɛkt/
not correct as to fact; inaccurate; wrong:
an incorrect statement.
improper, unbecoming, or inappropriate:
incorrect behavior; incorrect attire.
not correct in form, use, or manner:
an incorrect copy.
Origin of incorrect
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin incorrectus not corrected. See in-3, correct
Related forms
incorrectly, adverb
incorrectness, noun
1. erroneous, inexact; untrue. 2. unsuitable. 3. faulty. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for incorrect
  • In this case the decision seems doubly incorrect-wrong in principle and wrong in execution.
  • Since the time this became politically incorrect terminology people have been losing control of their pets.
  • Apart from this, there is a correct and an incorrect use of the words.
  • And whereas slight stopping may venture on small irregularities, full stopping that is incorrect is also unpardonable.
  • Press the incorrect circle or fall out of rhythm with the song, and you'll need to regain your musical footing.
  • The real question is what percentage of eyewitnesses are incorrect and to what degree.
  • Yeah, the science is often incorrect or out of date.
  • It is always about sensationalism and this paints an incorrect reality.
  • Today it seems politically incorrect to even mention the concept.
  • It articulates how incorrect what many of you believe regarding climate change.
British Dictionary definitions for incorrect


false; wrong: an incorrect calculation
not fitting or proper: incorrect behaviour
Derived Forms
incorrectly, adverb
incorrectness, noun
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Word Origin and History for incorrect

early 15c., "uncorrected," from Latin incorrectus "uncorrected," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + correctus (see correct). Sense of "not in good style" is from 1670s; that of "factually wrong, erroneous, inaccurate" is from 1610s (implied in incorrectly).

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