• WordNet 3.6
    • adj erroneous containing or characterized by error "erroneous conclusions"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Erroneous Containing error; not conformed to truth or justice; incorrect; false; mistaken; as, an erroneous doctrine; erroneous opinion, observation, deduction, view, etc.
    • Erroneous Misleading; misled; mistaking. "An erroneous conscience commands us to do what we ought to omit."
    • Erroneous Wandering; straying; deviating from the right course; -- hence, irregular; unnatural. "Erroneous circulation.""Stopped much of the erroneous light, which otherwise would have disturbed the vision."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • erroneous Wandering; roving; devious; unsettled; irregular.
    • erroneous Controlled by error; misled; deviating from the truth.
    • erroneous Containing error; false; mistaken; not conformable to truth or justice; liable to mislead: as, an erroneous opinion; erroneous doctrine or instruction.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Erroneous erring: full of error: wrong: mistaken:
    • adj Erroneous (obs.) wandering
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  • Thomas Hobbes
    “A man's conscience and his judgment is the same thing; and as the judgment, so also the conscience, may be erroneous.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it.”
  • W. Somerset Maugham
    “Men have an extraordinarily erroneous opinion of their position in nature; and the error is ineradicable.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. erroneus, fr. errare, to err. See Err
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. errer—L. errāre, to stray; cog. with Ger. irren, and irre, astray.


In literature:

Staehlin's Map proved to be erroneous.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16" by Robert Kerr
If this opinion be erroneous, I can have little right to name of a Poet.
"The Prose Works of William Wordsworth" by William Wordsworth
The messenger says he passed Mr. Stanley on the way, who said, "Take this to the Doctor;" this is erroneous.
"The Last Journals of David Livingstone, in Central Africa, from 1865 to His Death, Volume II (of 2), 1869-1873" by David Livingstone
The national accent was beyond her, but at least she could be true to what she (erroneously) believed to be the national idiom.
"The Disentanglers" by Andrew Lang
But this is a very erroneous view of the matter.
"Companion to the Bible" by E. P. Barrows
A little research, however, shows that this idea is altogether erroneous.
"Kinship Organisations and Group Marriage in Australia" by Northcote W. Thomas
It is also very questionable, indeed absolutely erroneous, in fact.
"Practical Essays" by Alexander Bain
Erroneous ideas of Chinese life, 189-210.
"China and the Chinese" by Herbert Allen Giles
But this view is erroneous.
"A General Sketch of the European War" by Hilaire Belloc
This was true, but not so much in the sense of overwork as of erroneously-arranged work.
"Sex in Education" by Edward H. Clarke
It was possible that my conjectures were erroneous.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
All these statements seem erroneous in the extreme.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
The instinctive judgment of the world cannot be an erroneous judgment.
"Thoughts on Educational Topics and Institutions" by George S. Boutwell
They have inherited their erroneous ideas from the wild beasts who preceded them, and at the present time few of them know any better.
"Born Again" by Alfred Lawson
The common opinion that a tent is ventilated through the "meshes" of the canvas is erroneous.
"How to Live" by Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
Nullification and secession are often erroneously treated as if they were one and the same thing.
"The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Jefferson Davis
This is an erroneous assumption, as the mineral matter in the food is more than sufficient for this purpose.
"Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value" by Harry Snyder
Their education was very limited, and the few ideas they possessed were frequently erroneous.
"My First Voyage to Southern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
And Harboro had wondered where she had got such a monstrously erroneous conception of the law of industrialism.
"Children of the Desert" by Louis Dodge
Since this was manifestly not the case, that theory is, I submit, demonstrably erroneous.
"Myths and Marvels of Astronomy" by Richard A. Proctor

In poetry:

A maul, to beat each knob full low —
A rule, the erroneous to conduct —
An ax, to lop each straggling bough —
A master, children to instruct.
"Advice To Hear, And To Read, The Word Of God" by Rees Prichard
Erroneous Fancy shaped her wild attire:
From Bethlem's walls the poor lymphatic stray'd;
Seem'd with her air, her accent, to conspire,
When, as wild Fancy taught her, thus she said:
"Elegy XVI. He Suggests the Advantage of Birth To a Person of Merit" by William Shenstone

In news:

Correction to This Article A Sept 14 photo caption erroneously described the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet in a photo of a different canal in New Orleans.
According to the press release, Charleston Cottages have erroneously been called "freedman's cottages ," but most were actually built between 1870 and 1930 for middle-class residents.
Zinda confessed to chasing down and killing David Valdez, 20, with an ax because he erroneously thought Valdez had burglarized his home.
Then, an Iraq war veteran falls victim to an erroneous credit card report that cost him his job.
This erroneous thinking can be very stressful for that dog and dangerous for all dogs involved.
Yesterday, after erroneous reports that the Toulouse shooter was a neo-Nazi, the New York Times speculated that the attack was inspired by anti-immigrant rhetoric from right wing politicians.
Initial reports earlier this week of a new Android malware botnet could now be erroneous, according to follow-up interviews with the security researchers who made the original claims.
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Nov 10 about the changing electorate , The Associated Press reported erroneously that Alicia Perez voted in Ysleta, Texas.
Vern Buchanan is cleared of purposely filing erroneous disclosure forms.
A Spokane police officer was sentenced Thursday to more than four years in prison for using excessive force against a mentally disabled janitor who died after being erroneously suspected of stealing money from an ATM.
John Edward Smith was cleared of his murder conviction in a Los Angeles courtroom after 19 years behind bars upon a witness' erroneous testimony.
WASHINGTON (AP) In a story Dec 12 about the " fiscal cliff" negotiations, The Associated Press reported erroneously that veterans affairs spending would be included in automatic federal budget cuts if no deal is reached.
An erroneous flier was sent out recently by a group called the Private Enterprise Project.
In a story Nov 17 about GED test costs, The Associated Press erroneously reported the expected change in Ohio's number of licensed test administration sites.
The bizarre Civil War-era short story by a physician, which many readers erroneously mistook for fact.

In science:

Due to the nearly ideal one-dimensional dispersion of SrCuO2 , the calculation results in an erroneous insulating groundstate for an insufficient Nk .
On the electronic structure of CaCuO2 and SrCuO2
Then, high score regions of x shall get very poorly sampled. A finite sample Monte Carlo estimate of hhif would suffer from poor statistics and would often be erroneous.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
Therefore, the probability of an erroneous result is p′pi−1 .
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
Since the probability of an erroneous result in large powers is much lower, we get a better solution.
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
These conditions ensure that the measurement never gives erroneous results.
Comparison of two unknown pure quantum states
Both of these invariants must be examined in order to avoid an erroneous conclusion that the ring singularity of this spacetime is “directional”.
Invariants of the Kerr Vacuum
In this note we examine each in detail and point out that both must be examined in order to avoid an erroneous conclusion that the ring singularity is in any sense “directional”.
Invariants of the Kerr Vacuum
The reason is that they use the Clifford algebra formalism with spinors but, of course, they also erroneously consider that the standard transformations of the 3D E and B (12) are the LT of the electric and magnetic fields.
The Proof that the Standard Transformations of E and B are not the Lorentz Transformations. Clifford Algebra Formalism
In this letter Sabatier wrote that my statement ”The Newton-Sabatier (NS) method for inverting the fixed-energy phase shifts for a potential is fundamentally wrong” is erroneous.
Comments on the letter of P.Sabatier "An erroneous statement"
This statement of Professor Sabatier is erroneous: whereas Loeffel dealt with 1D case, namely, with the spherically-symmetric potentials, my result, mentioned in , is the uniqueness theorem for the 3D inverse scattering problem with fixed-energy data.
Comments on the letter of P.Sabatier "An erroneous statement"
However, note that some of our E/S0 classifications might be erroneous because the SN host galaxy was a late-type ob ject with an unusually high surface brightness.
Classifications of the Host Galaxies of Supernovae, Set II
Our careful analysis reveals that previous work on this sub ject is erroneous and that the φm>1 are meaningless, at least as far as corrections to scaling in RRN are concerned.
Corrections to Scaling in Random Resistor Networks and Diluted Continuous Spin Models near the Percolation Threshold
If one erroneously neglects the coupling of the operator A1 to the other operators under renormalization one is led to a ”scalar” renormalization factor ZHL that corresponds to the matrix element Z1,1 of Z .
Corrections to Scaling in Random Resistor Networks and Diluted Continuous Spin Models near the Percolation Threshold
The authors of the paper derived an erroneous effective free energy of superconducting slabs (films) and this error led them to entirely wrong conclusions.
Comment on "First-order phase transitions of type-I superconducting films" [Phys. Rev. A 322 (2004) 111]
Philosophers discussing persistence have another reason to focus on temporally intrinsic properties, in addition to the erroneous tendency to think observational properties are temporally intrinsic to an instant. I admit that it is a better reason.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter