Definition of incorrect in English:



  • 1Not in accordance with fact; wrong.

    ‘the doctor gave you incorrect advice’
    • ‘By quoting a different reference, Russell is wrong in stating that our core assertion is incorrect.’
    • ‘Our conclusion was that these were incorrect, grossly distorted and thus misleading.’
    • ‘Since the whole of the Soviet Empire was involved in the war, it would be incorrect to describe all of those involved as Russian.’
    • ‘But the reporter did have some of her data incorrect and drew some wrong conclusions.’
    • ‘Hopefully they all now realise that your headline was wrong and that you had used an incorrect figure.’
    • ‘Even if it exists, in many cases it is either out of print, very hard to get, poorly written or incorrect and misleading.’
    • ‘‘Most of it has turned out to be incorrect,’ a diplomat at the IAEA with detailed knowledge of the agency's investigations said.’
    • ‘In my view, it would be illogical and incorrect to describe these two buildings as a house.’
    • ‘The official admitted the paper had been given incorrect information.’
    • ‘The member was short on facts, poor on analysis, and incorrect with regard to deductions.’
    • ‘I suggest he check his sources - common sense should make him realise his claim is totally incorrect.’
    • ‘Police officer has pleaded guilty to giving incorrect information on his child support agency forms.’
    • ‘They are dishonest, misleading, factually incorrect, selective with data and paranoid.’
    • ‘Repeating something as a fact, and which is factually incorrect, does not make it a fact.’
    • ‘Women are expected to defer to men even when male views are seen as wrong or incorrect.’
    • ‘People abroad have a wildly incorrect idea of what we are actually about over here.’
    • ‘The book is often mistaken in its views and incorrect in the supposedly factual information it contains.’
    • ‘However, to imply that it is the result of Scottish musicians being reluctant to move to London is incorrect.’
    • ‘It would be false and incorrect to state in your book that I have not responded to your questions.’
    • ‘Kelvin was eventually shown to have been wrong because his assumptions were incorrect.’
    wrong, mistaken, in error, erroneous, inaccurate, not accurate, inexact, not exact, imprecise, invalid, untrue, false, fallacious, wide of the mark, off target
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  • 2Not in accordance with particular standards or rules.

    ‘strictly speaking, the form of address was incorrect’
    • ‘Mr Macarthur, of Riverside Road, had his ticket overturned on the grounds that the wording was incorrect.’
    • ‘However, that is just my gut reaction, I have no definitive grounds to rule you grammatically incorrect.’
    • ‘To this day, Jones refuses to admit that his behaviour, caught on camera before all the world, was incorrect.’
    • ‘A not uncommon objection is that the questions framed by the national court are, in some sense, incorrect.’
    • ‘The member was quite incorrect to stand while I was ruling on the point of order.’
    • ‘This is just a blatant incorrect usage that happened so often that the rules changed.’
    • ‘Then all those he has misled into incorrect spellings in their logbooks will wish to contact him.’
    • ‘They're all terrified of repeating the mistakes of 2000 by making incorrect calls.’
    • ‘You might think that any hint of the politically incorrect might have been expunged from our toy shops by now, but no.’
    • ‘First of all, it asserts as an error of law an incorrect application of the law to the facts.’
    inappropriate, wrong, unsuitable, inapt, inapposite, undesirable
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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 incorrect (sense 2) (late 17th century).