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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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  • The report also referred incorrectly to further developments.
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  • Another common form of sloppiness is writers who misquote or incorrectly cite their sources.
  • It's also possible the meter is simply wired incorrectly by the energy company.
  • Folks who incorrectly or infrequently cite other authors whose work they are presenting as their own.
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  • The problem is that the whole problem is framed incorrectly.
  • incorrectly rejecting the null hypothesis would mean believing that global warming is caused by people when it's not.
  • They are useful used right, they can be useless used incorrectly, and they can be cruel used badly.
  • Late last year it was discovered that thousands of fasteners on the early test aircraft had been installed incorrectly.
British Dictionary definitions for incorrectly


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 incorrectly



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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