Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Containing or derived from error; mistaken.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Wandering; roving; devious; unsettled; irregular.
  • Controlled by error; misled; deviating from the truth.
  • Containing error; false; mistaken; not conformable to truth or justice; liable to mislead: as, an erroneous opinion; erroneous doctrine or instruction.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective obsolete Wandering; straying; deviating from the right course; -- hence, irregular; unnatural.
  • adjective obsolete Misleading; misled; mistaking.
  • adjective Containing error; not conformed to truth or justice; incorrect; false; mistaken

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Containing an error; inaccurate.
  • adjective Derived from an error.
  • adjective Mistaken.
  • adjective law signifies a deviation from the requirements of the law, but does not connote a lack of legal authority, and is thus distinguished from illegal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective containing or characterized by error

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Latin errōneus, from errō, errōn-, a vagabond, from errāre, to err, wander; see ers- in Indo-European roots.]

Examples

  • The Ministry of Information accused Nasha Niva of publishing what it called an erroneous report about authorities failing to evacuate one of the victims of Monday's attacks for several hours.

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  • "This is not a commercial activity," Mr. Della Valle insisted at a Rome press conference, rejecting what he called erroneous reports that Tod's would benefit commercially from exclusive use of the Colosseum image for his company's merchandise.

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  • "This is not a commercial activity," Mr. Della Valle insisted at a Rome press conference, rejecting what he called erroneous reports that Tod's would benefit commercially from exclusive use of the Colosseum image for his company's merchandise.

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  • Chavez suggested state television should broadcast a series of programs focusing on the strength of the economy as a way to debunk what he called erroneous predictions from analysts of more economic problems on the horizon.

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  • His broader mission amounted to try to shoot down what he described as erroneous claims that have risen as the debate in Washington and the nation has developed.

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  • In tax year 2006, the latest year available, IRS made $10 billion to $12 billion in erroneous EITC payments, according to a study by the Treasury Department's inspector general.

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  • Those small amounts totaled about $50 million in erroneous data charges.

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  • They're just relying on the consumer to make certain erroneous assumptions -- namely, that no one would be scummy enough to exploit cancer for profit.

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  • Example: MedPAC uses data from cost report forms despite knowing full well that more than 20% of the forms contain erroneous data.

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  • The U.S. government identified $98 billion in erroneous or fraudulent payments made during the 2009 fiscal year, up from $72 billion the previous year, White House budget chief Peter Orszag said yesterday.

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