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incorrect

[in-kuh-rekt] /ˌɪn kəˈrɛkt/
adjective
1.
not correct as to fact; inaccurate; wrong:
an incorrect statement.
2.
improper, unbecoming, or inappropriate:
incorrect behavior; incorrect attire.
3.
not correct in form, use, or manner:
an incorrect copy.
Origin of incorrect
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin incorrectus not corrected. See in-3, correct
Related forms
incorrectly, adverb
incorrectness, noun
Synonyms
1. erroneous, inexact; untrue. 2. unsuitable. 3. faulty.
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  • There is scarcely an intermediate between the latter form of speech, and incorrect conversation among individuals.

    The Human Race Louis Figuier
  • It is a matter of education to put an end to the incorrect use.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Hence the antiquary Oldys is incorrect in stating that the use of coffee in England was first known in 1657.

  • By the use of an incorrect term, however, a grave danger is avoided.

  • What a pity it is that so powerful and idiomatic a writer should be so incorrect grammatically and scholastically speaking!

British Dictionary definitions for incorrect

incorrect

/ˌɪnkəˈrɛkt/
adjective
1.
false; wrong: an incorrect calculation
2.
not fitting or proper: incorrect behaviour
Derived Forms
incorrectly, adverb
incorrectness, noun
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Word Origin and History for incorrect
adj.

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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