adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin erroneus, from erron-, erro wanderer, from errare Date: 15th century 1. containing or characterized by error ; mistaken <
erroneous assumptions
gave an erroneous impression
2. archaic wanderingerroneously adverberroneousness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Erroneous — Er*ro ne*ous, a. [L. erroneus, fr. errare to err. See {Err}.] 1. Wandering; straying; deviating from the right course; hence, irregular; unnatural. [Obs.] Erroneous circulation. Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster] Stopped much of the erroneous light, which …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Erroneous — means based on or containing an error, to be mistaken, wrong, incorrect or inaccurate; to stray from what is considered moral, decent, proper, etc.Erroneous may also refer to:* Your Erroneous Zones , a self help book by Wayne Dyer * Erroneous… …   Wikipedia

  • erroneous — late 14c., from O.Fr. erroneus and directly from L. erroneus vagrant, wandering (in Late Latin erroneous ), from erronem (nom. erro) vagabond, from errare to wander, err (see ERR (Cf. err)). Related: Erroneously …   Etymology dictionary

  • erroneous — [adj] wrong, incorrect all off*, all wet*, amiss, askew, awry, defective, fallacious, false, faulty, flawed, inaccurate, inexact, invalid, misguided, mistaken, off, specious, spurious, unfounded, unsound, untrue, way off, wrong number*; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • erroneous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ wrong; incorrect. DERIVATIVES erroneously adverb. ORIGIN Latin erroneus, from errare to stray, err …   English terms dictionary

  • erroneous — [e rō′nē əs, ərō′nē əs] adj. [ME < L erroneus, wandering about < errare: see ERR] containing or based on error; mistaken; wrong erroneously adv …   English World dictionary

  • erroneous — adj. erroneous to + inf. (it s erroneous to assume that the press always prints the truth) * * * [ɪ rəʊnɪəs] erroneous to + inf. (it s erroneous to assume that the press always prints the truth) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • erroneous — [[t]ɪro͟ʊniəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED Beliefs, opinions, or methods that are erroneous are incorrect or only partly correct. Some people have the erroneous notion that one can contract AIDS by giving blood... They have arrived at some erroneous… …   English dictionary

  • erroneous — er|ro|ne|ous [ıˈrəuniəs US ıˈrou ] adj formal [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: erroneus, from errare; ERR] erroneous ideas or information are wrong and based on facts that are not correct ▪ His economic predictions are based on some erroneous… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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