- to set or make true, accurate, or right; remove the errors or faults from: The native guide corrected our pronunciation. The new glasses corrected his eyesight.
- to point out or mark the errors in: The teacher corrected the examination papers.
- to scold, rebuke, or punish in order to improve: Should parents correct their children in public?
- to counteract the operation or effect of (something hurtful or undesirable): The medication will correct stomach acidity.
- Mathematics, Physics. to alter or adjust so as to bring into accordance with a standard or with a required condition.
- to make a correction or corrections.
- (of stock prices) to reverse a trend, especially temporarily, as after a sharp advance or decline in previous trading sessions.
- conforming to fact or truth; free from error; accurate: a correct answer.
- in accordance with an acknowledged or accepted standard; proper: correct behavior.
- characterized by or adhering to a liberal or progressive ideology on matters of ethnicity, religion, sexuality, ecology, etc.: Is it environmentally correct to buy a real Christmas tree? Most of the judges in this district have correct political views.
Origin of correct
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Examples from the Web for correctness
Not surprisingly, they are more into “correctness” and the rules than Americans tend to be.Ben Yagoda: How I Not Write Bad
February 13, 2013
Of the correctness of this hypothesis it is unnecessary to speak.
This is in harmony with our experience, and we have no doubt of the correctness of his observations.
The whole thing was princely in the correctness of its style.
This is only one proof of the correctness of Père Pargoire's position.
The correctness of these positions can be readily established.
- to make free from errors
- to indicate the errors in
- to rebuke or punish in order to set right or improveto correct a child; to stand corrected
- to counteract or rectify (a malfunction, ailment, etc)these glasses will correct your sight
- to adjust or make conform, esp to a standard
- free from error; true; accuratethe correct version
- in conformity with accepted standardscorrect behaviour
Word Origin and History for correctness
mid-14c., "to set right, rectify" (a fault or error), from Latin correctus, past participle of corrigere "to put straight, reduce to order, set right;" in transferred use, "to reform, amend," especially of speech or writing, from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + regere "to lead straight, rule" (see regal). Originally of persons; with reference to writing, etc., attested from late 14c. Related: Corrected; correcting.
1670s, from French correct "right, proper," from Latin correctus (see correct (v.)). Related: Correctly; correctness.
- To remove, remedy, or counteract something, such as a malfunction or defect.
- Free from error or fault; true or accurate.
Idioms and Phrases with correctness
see stand corrected.