Definition of erroneous in English:



  • Wrong; incorrect.

    ‘employers sometimes make erroneous assumptions’
    • ‘Even if the award was somewhat low it could not in any way be said to be wholly erroneous or wrong in principle, he submits.’
    • ‘It is risky and erroneous to assume that terrorists will be deterred by criminal prosecution alone.’
    • ‘There is nothing stated which is erroneous or wrong and there is no allegation that there is.’
    • ‘At best it is naive, but at worst it is misleading and at times erroneous.’
    • ‘As a matter of fact, yesterday there was an erroneous report that he had been arrested.’
    • ‘Our standards of accuracy are so low that often erroneous forecasts are applauded as if they were precise.’
    • ‘We say that that contention is in fact erroneous because it asks the wrong question.’
    • ‘There is an erroneous perception that high-profile players make good managers.’
    • ‘I read line after line of erroneous reporting, with the sole intention of discrediting a political candidate.’
    • ‘The test remains rooted in an erroneous approach which starts from the wrong standpoint.’
    • ‘This policy is but one of the Liberal reforms based on erroneous assumptions about poverty.’
    • ‘I may have created the erroneous impression that I have done nothing but shop since being here.’
    • ‘Of course it's always easy to look at others critically, make assumptions and proceed to erroneous conclusions.’
    • ‘Incorrect, difficult or erroneous readings must have been created over time by scribal error.’
    • ‘I hope that Mark's play is helping to change this erroneous perception.’
    • ‘Second, she makes the erroneous assumption that filesharing is similar to home taping.’
    • ‘But it would be erroneous not to concede that the grouping has lost much of its zest over the past decade or so.’
    • ‘In addition, the chosen information was often misleading or erroneous.’
    • ‘To interpret such sayings without understanding the Arabic and its eloquence and its context is an erroneous path.’
    • ‘Acting under this erroneous assumption, he passed on this alleged order to his company.’
    wrong, incorrect, mistaken, in error, inaccurate, not accurate, inexact, not exact, imprecise, invalid, untrue, false, fallacious, wide of the mark, off target
    misleading, illogical, unsound, specious, unfounded, without foundation, faulty, flawed, spurious
    off beam, bogus, phoney, out, way out, full of holes, dicey, iffy
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Late Middle English: from Latin erroneus (from erro(n-) vagabond, from errare to stray, err) + -ous.