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[ kuh-rekt-nis ]


  1. conformity to fact or truth; freedom from error; accuracy:

    The correctness of the eyewitness’s account was later called into question.

  2. the quality of being proper; conformity to an acknowledged or accepted standard:

    We are concerned with the correctness of our probationers' conduct.

  3. the quality of being just or right in a judgment or opinion:

    We accepted the correctness of the tribunal’s ruling.

  4. an indication of or adherence to a liberal or progressive ideology on matters of ethnicity, religion, sexuality, ecology, etc.:

    A car strewn with Styrofoam cups is hardly a testimony to environmental correctness.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of correctness1

First recorded in 1670–90; correct ( def ) + -ness ( def )
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Example Sentences

Uploaded code is run in a sandboxed Docker container and its output tested for correctness.

Others have challenged the correctness of their ratings on the basis that the agencies had not discussed them with the country’s representatives.

From Quartz

So, saying that we would have been safer to call it by a different name because of political correctness, I throw that out the window.

From Ozy

The search for those has been intense, as they are taken as the main possible confirmation of the correctness of inflation.

Most times, these are not due to correctness or error from your end.

Thus the adoption of any particular verb is a matter of taste, not a question of absolute correctness.

That was why he had his own plane, a big dual-prop Martin 404 called, in those days before political correctness, El Dago.

I do not believe in political correctness, by the way, OK?

The league has never kicked out someone for speech before, but the era of smartphones and political correctness may change that.

And just who exactly is being silenced by political correctness?

Judge: Now, Sir, your punishment shall depend on the shortness and correctness of your answers.

He was engaged in the Encyclopedie, and his articles on grammar are drawn up with great precision, correctness and judgment.

Who are you, as you speak our language with such correctness that you might almost be taken for one of our countrymen?

He knew a good deal by memory, and repeated many passages with feeling and correctness.

He was the more convinced of the correctness of this from the fact that the word for trunk or box, in French, is coffre.


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