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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of corrigere, from com- ( COM-) + regere 'to lead straight'

correct

1 adjective
     
cor‧rect1 S1 W2
1 having no mistakes [= right; ≠ incorrect]:
If my calculations are correct, we're about 10 miles from Exeter.
Score one point for each correct answer.
You are absolutely correct, the Missouri is the longest river in the US.
factually/grammatically/anatomically etc correct
The sentence is grammatically correct, but doesn't sound natural.
2 suitable and right for a particular situation:
What's the correct procedure in cases like this?
When lifting heavy weights, make sure that your back is straight.
3 correct behaviour is formal and polite:
It was not considered correct for young ladies to go out on their own.
correctly adverb:
If I remember correctly, he's Spanish.
We must make sure that things are done correctly.
correctness noun [uncountable]

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