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incorrect Line breaks: in|cor¦rect
Pronunciation: /ɪnkəˈrɛkt/

Definition of incorrect in English:


1Not in accordance with fact; wrong: the doctor gave you incorrect advice
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  • But the reporter did have some of her data incorrect and drew some wrong conclusions.
  • Women are expected to defer to men even when male views are seen as wrong or incorrect.
  • They are dishonest, misleading, factually incorrect, selective with data and paranoid.
misleading, illogical, unsound, unfounded, without foundation, faulty, flawed
informal off beam, out, way out, full of holes, iffy
archaic abroad
2Not in accordance with particular standards or rules: strictly speaking, the form of address was incorrect
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  • However, that is just my gut reaction, I have no definitive grounds to rule you grammatically incorrect.
  • A not uncommon objection is that the questions framed by the national court are, in some sense, incorrect.
  • This is just a blatant incorrect usage that happened so often that the rules changed.
ill-advised, ill-considered, ill-judged, impolitic, injudicious, infelicitous, unacceptable, beyond the pale, unwarranted, unfitting, out of keeping, improper, unseemly, unbecoming, indecorous, lacking in propriety
informal out of order


Late Middle English: from Latin incorrectus, from in- 'not' + correctus 'made straight, amended' (see correct). Originally in the general sense 'uncorrected', the word was later applied specifically to a book containing many errors because it had not been corrected for the press; hence sense 2 (late 17th century).



Example sentences
  • I note with interest the recent installation of a village sign that appears to have been incorrectly spelt.
  • He claimed, incorrectly, that the last DVD I rented was returned a day late.
  • In the excitement it is easy to forget that fireworks are explosives and can be very dangerous in the wrong hands or if used incorrectly.


Pronunciation: /ɪnkəˈrɛktnəs/
Example sentences
  • Now the political incorrectness of lighting up has taken the war on cigarettes from the realm of everyday life to a place where the curtain seems set to fall on the art of smoking in public performances.
  • Yet, in its clumsiness and incorrectness, it more accurately conveys Pamela's sense that she has done nothing wrong, though she is made to feel as if she has.
  • His conclusion in particular was stirring in its content and delivery, and very welcome in its determined political incorrectness.

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