Definition of erratum in English:



  • 1An error in printing or writing.

    • ‘I heard on the news yesterday that some fellow in Sweden (see erratum at bottom) has been fined over $100,000 for speeding.’
    • ‘Lack of consistency, wrong facts, and errata abound.’
    • ‘Upon discovery of errata in original tabulation, a few bandleaders who were-just ten days earlier-told they had won top honours, suddenly found themselves relegated.’
    • ‘He called for an erratum to be inserted into the written report and given equal prominence on the Department of Health's website.’
    • ‘It has taken the data off its website, and it has included an erratum in hard copies of its publication.’
    • ‘The book includes an erratum sheet to correct mistakes on one of the plates and on five of the range maps.’
    • ‘When this erratum occurs, data corruption may occur.’
    • ‘So I went to the Web to find the source, hoping I could then salvage my reputation by persuading the journal to print an addendum or erratum.’
    • ‘They said they were going to issue an erratum, but it is difficult.’
    • ‘For instance, one difference lies in in Benjamin Franklin's approach to his errata - we are often told he believed in the Enlightenment tradition of the perfectibility of man.’
    • ‘More in the debate over the Jurassic / Cretaceous erratum that was a recent headline.’
    • ‘No, I'm not talking about the usual typos and errata, but rules with no examples and written in micro print.’
    • ‘The publisher has inserted an erratum slip noting three errors in dates and explaining that a contrite Hoban ‘writes at all hours of the day and night, sometimes when a little the worse for wear’.’
    • ‘I am sad to say that I think a minor adjustment would not overcome all these factors, and that it is not a matter of inserting just one erratum sheet, as you can see.’
    • ‘It's funny and pathetic that people sit and meticulously compile errata like this, apparently under the misapprehension that we're too stupid to get it right rather than realizing the filmmakers decided to do it a certain way.’
    • ‘The erratum can result in invalid data being delivered to a PCI master and only occurs in 850/860 systems due to ‘unique architectural interactions’ between the MCH and the ICH2.’
    • ‘Mr. Arnold later published an erratum sheet correcting the error.’
    • ‘The published erratum clarifies the situation, but the statement caused us to re-examine our data to see what we are able to say about recent trends in HIV among homosexual men.’
    • ‘My point is the following: any scientist who made an error of 65 orders of magnitude in a scientific paper would feel compelled to issue an erratum.’
    • ‘A bunch of you submitted errata for this printing, and made it a better book altogether.’
    error, mistake, miscalculation, fallacy, slip, oversight, fault, blunder, gaffe, defect, flaw
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    1. 1.1errata A list of corrected errors appended to a book or published in a subsequent issue of a journal.
      • ‘Words were scraped away with a penknife or inserted carefully in the lines of text, and then listed in an errata paragraph to attest that the approved document was unaltered.’
      • ‘It must have been extremely frustrating for the authors to have to include an errata slip correcting errors in two of the tables.’
      • ‘I will use these responses to track a distribution-specific errata file.’
      • ‘The publisher did not have an errata sheet when this review was written.’
      • ‘Periodicals would use errata sections to correct some of the errors, and letters to the editor could be used to debate a previous article's contentions and possibly set the record straight.’
      • ‘Thanks for his correspondence and his directing me to the errata for his book.’
      • ‘Letters to the editor are much different than qualifying statements where they stand or issuing an errata,’ he replied. ‘Several of the statements are false.’’
      • ‘The errata of the first edition have been corrected.’
      • ‘In this edition, such mistakes are corrected, and the original errata slips are also published.’
      • ‘I checked the web site for an errata page for this book but did not find one.’
      • ‘I will add a clarification to my errata list that Japan's attack on the oil fields was the first foreign attack on the U.S. mainland by a foreign power on the U.S. mainland.’
      • ‘Other printing errors can be found in the errata pages from the web page.’
      • ‘I mentioned on Monday that the online errata page for my last book had been updated and that I would have more details.’
      • ‘I did not find any errors in the book, and there were no errata on O'Reilly's web site when I looked.’
      • ‘For example I could not find errata for this book anywhere on the site.’
      • ‘By contrast, my two books have readily-available errata pages.’


Mid 16th century: from Latin, ‘error’, neuter past participle of errare ‘err’.