Definition of incorrect in English:



  • 1Not in accordance with fact; wrong.

    ‘the doctor gave you incorrect advice’
    • ‘The member was short on facts, poor on analysis, and incorrect with regard to deductions.’
    • ‘But the reporter did have some of her data incorrect and drew some wrong conclusions.’
    • ‘They are dishonest, misleading, factually incorrect, selective with data and paranoid.’
    • ‘Our conclusion was that these were incorrect, grossly distorted and thus misleading.’
    • ‘The book is often mistaken in its views and incorrect in the supposedly factual information it contains.’
    • ‘Police officer has pleaded guilty to giving incorrect information on his child support agency forms.’
    • ‘The official admitted the paper had been given incorrect information.’
    • ‘In my view, it would be illogical and incorrect to describe these two buildings as a house.’
    • ‘However, to imply that it is the result of Scottish musicians being reluctant to move to London is incorrect.’
    • ‘Hopefully they all now realise that your headline was wrong and that you had used an incorrect figure.’
    • ‘By quoting a different reference, Russell is wrong in stating that our core assertion is incorrect.’
    • ‘I suggest he check his sources - common sense should make him realise his claim is totally incorrect.’
    • ‘‘Most of it has turned out to be incorrect,’ a diplomat at the IAEA with detailed knowledge of the agency's investigations said.’
    • ‘Since the whole of the Soviet Empire was involved in the war, it would be incorrect to describe all of those involved as Russian.’
    • ‘Women are expected to defer to men even when male views are seen as wrong or incorrect.’
    • ‘Even if it exists, in many cases it is either out of print, very hard to get, poorly written or incorrect and misleading.’
    • ‘People abroad have a wildly incorrect idea of what we are actually about over here.’
    • ‘Repeating something as a fact, and which is factually incorrect, does not make it a fact.’
    • ‘Kelvin was eventually shown to have been wrong because his assumptions were incorrect.’
    • ‘It would be false and incorrect to state in your book that I have not responded to your questions.’
    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’
    • ‘To this day, Jones refuses to admit that his behaviour, caught on camera before all the world, was incorrect.’
    • ‘The member was quite incorrect to stand while I was ruling on the point of order.’
    • ‘You might think that any hint of the politically incorrect might have been expunged from our toy shops by now, but no.’
    • ‘This is just a blatant incorrect usage that happened so often that the rules changed.’
    • ‘First of all, it asserts as an error of law an incorrect application of the law to the facts.’
    • ‘Then all those he has misled into incorrect spellings in their logbooks will wish to contact him.’
    • ‘However, that is just my gut reaction, I have no definitive grounds to rule you grammatically incorrect.’
    • ‘They're all terrified of repeating the mistakes of 2000 by making incorrect calls.’
    • ‘Mr Macarthur, of Riverside Road, had his ticket overturned on the grounds that the wording was incorrect.’
    • ‘A not uncommon objection is that the questions framed by the national court are, in some sense, incorrect.’
    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).