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erroneous

[ ih-roh-nee-uhs, e-roh- ]
/ ɪˈroʊ ni əs, ɛˈroʊ- /
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adjective

containing error; mistaken; incorrect; wrong: an erroneous answer.
straying from what is moral, decent, proper, etc.

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Origin of erroneous

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin errōneus “straying,” equivalent to errōn- (stem of errō ) “wanderer” (derivative of err-; see err) + -eus adjective suffix (see -eous)

OTHER WORDS FROM erroneous

er·ro·ne·ous·ly, adverber·ro·ne·ous·ness, nounnon·er·ro·ne·ous, adjectivenon·er·ro·ne·ous·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for erroneous

erroneous
/ (ɪˈrəʊnɪəs) /

adjective

based on or containing error; mistaken; incorrect

Derived forms of erroneous

erroneously, adverberroneousness, noun

Word Origin for erroneous

C14: (in the sense: deviating from what is right), from Latin errōneus, from errāre to wander
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