[ in-kuh-rekt ]
/ ˌɪn kəˈrɛkt /


not correct as to fact; inaccurate; wrong: an incorrect statement.
improper, unbecoming, or inappropriate: incorrect behavior; incorrect attire.
not correct in form, use, or manner: an incorrect copy.

Origin of incorrect

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin incorrectus not corrected. See in-3, correct
Related formsin·cor·rect·ly, adverbin·cor·rect·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for incorrect


/ (ˌɪnkəˈrɛkt) /


false; wrongan incorrect calculation
not fitting or properincorrect behaviour
Derived Formsincorrectly, adverbincorrectness, noun
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Word Origin and History for incorrect



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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