AskDefine | Define wrongness

The Collaborative Dictionary

Wrongness \Wrong"ness\, n. The quality or state of being wrong; wrongfulness; error; fault. [1913 Webster] The best great wrongnesses within themselves. --Bp. Butler. [1913 Webster] The rightness or wrongness of this view. --Latham. [1913 Webster]

Word Net



1 inappropriate conduct [syn: inappropriateness] [ant: appropriateness]
2 contrary to conscience or morality [ant: rightness]
3 the quality of not conforming to fact or truth [syn: incorrectness] [ant: correctness, correctness]



  1. The quality of being wrong; error or fault
A wrong or being wrong is a concept in law, ethics, and science. In a colloquial sense, wrongness usually refers to a state of incorrectness, inaccuracy, error or miscalculation in any number of contexts. More specifically, being "wrong" refers to a situation wherein an individual has made an error or misjudgment.


In law, a wrong can be a legal injury, which is any damage resulting from a violation of a legal right. It can also imply the state of being contrary to the principles of justice or law. It means that something is contrary to conscience or morality and results in treating others unjustly. If the loss caused by a wrong is minor enough, there is no compensation, which principle is known as de minimis non curat lex. Otherwise, damages apply.


In ethics, wrong is the opposite of right. In a relativist consideration of ethics, the factors affecting the way different cultures determine norms for what is wrong form part of the subject-matter of anthropology.


A scientific concept is said to be wrong if it can be used to make specific predictions of the results of experiments, but those predictions do not correspond with physical reality (i.e. the concept can be falsified in the Popperian sense, and has also been shown to be false). Wolfgang Pauli is said to have coined the phrase "not even wrong" to describe concepts that cannot be falsified (either because they do not refer to measurable effects, or because they are too incoherent to be used to make predictions).


  • Willis, Hugh. Principles of the Law of Damages. The Keefe-Davidson Co.: St. Paul, 1910.
wrongness in Arabic: غلط
wrongness in Simple English: Wrong
wrongness in Swedish: Falskhet
Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1