- The definition of erroneous is something that is incorrect or in error.
An example of an erroneous statement is that the earth is flat.
Origin of erroneousMiddle English ; from Classical Latin erroneus, wandering about ; from errare: see err
Origin of erroneousMiddle English, from Latin errōneus, from errō, errōn-, a vagabond, from errāre, to err, wander; see ers- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more erroneous, superlative most erroneous)
- Containing an error; inaccurate.
- His answer to the sum was erroneous.
- Derived from an error.
- His conclusion was erroneous as it was based on a false assumption.
- His choice at the line-up was erroneous as he had only seen the mugger for an instant.
- (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.
- Nouns to which "erroneous" is often applied: impression, assumption, belief, conclusion, statement, idea, data, view, opinion, judgment, notion, decision, interpretation, diagnosis, conception, theory, reading, instruction, ruling, assessment, doctrine, advice, value, application, thinking, perception, principle, concept, action, description, record, determination, teaching, inference, premise, conviction, reasoning, argument, exclusion, calculation, inclusion, treatment, deductions, analysis.