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  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.
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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


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Historical Examples

  • You can signify its correctness or incorrectness after every paragraph.

    The White Desert

    Courtney Ryley Cooper

  • The incorrectness of this guess is shown by the existence as surnames of Fr.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley

  • I rely on your indulgence for the length and incorrectness of this letter.

  • She did not pause to consider the correctness or the incorrectness of her inference.

    The Loyalist

    James Francis Barrett

  • Surry, Earl of, incorrectness of the common tale regarding, II.

British Dictionary definitions for incorrectness


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



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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