[ kuh-rekt ]
/ kəˈrɛkt /
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
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.
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Origin of correct
OTHER WORDS FROM correct
cor·rect·a·ble, cor·rect·i·ble, adjectivecor·rect·a·bil·i·ty, cor·rect·i·bil·i·ty, nouncor·rect·ing·ly, adverbcor·rect·ly, adverb
cor·rect·ness, nouncor·rec·tor, nounre·cor·rect, verb (used with object)un·cor·rect·ed, adjectiveun·der·cor·rect, verb (used with object)well-cor·rect·ed, adjective
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3. See punish. 8. Correct, accurate, precise imply conformity to fact, standard, or truth. A correct statement is one free from error, mistakes, or faults. An accurate statement is one that shows careful conformity to fact, truth, or spirit. A precise statement shows scrupulously strict and detailed conformity to fact.
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British Dictionary definitions for correctability
/ (kəˈrɛkt) /
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
Derived forms of correctcorrectable or correctible, adjectivecorrectly, adverbcorrectness, nouncorrector, noun
Word Origin for correct
C14: from Latin corrigere to make straight, put in order, from com- (intensive) + regere to rule
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Medicine definitions for correctability
[ kə-rĕkt′ ]
To remove, remedy, or counteract something, such as a malfunction or defect.
Free from error or fault; true or accurate.
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Idioms and Phrases with correctability
see stand corrected.
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