Definition of incorrect in English:

incorrect

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

Derivatives

incorrectly

adverb
More 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.

incorrectness

noun
More 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.

Origin

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).

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