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v. cor·rect·ed, cor·rect·ing, cor·rects
a. To make or put right: correct a mistake; correct a misunderstanding.
b. To remove the errors or mistakes from: corrected her previous testimony.
c. To indicate or mark the errors in: correct an exam.
a. To speak to or communicate with (someone) in order to point out a mistake or error.
b. To scold or punish so as to improve or reform.
3. To remedy or counteract (a defect, for example): The new glasses corrected his blurry vision.
4. To adjust so as to meet a required standard or condition: correct the wheel alignment on a car.
1. To make corrections.
2. To make adjustments; compensate: correcting for the effects of air resistance.
1. Free from error or fault; true or accurate.
2. Conforming to standards; proper: correct behavior.

[Middle English correcten, from Latin corrigere, corrēct- : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + regere, to rule; see reg- in Indo-European roots.]

cor·rect′a·ble, cor·rect′i·ble adj.
cor·rect′ly adv.
cor·rect′ness n.
cor·rec′tor n.
Synonyms: correct, rectify, remedy, redress, revise, amend
These verbs mean to make right what is wrong. Correct refers to eliminating faults, errors, or defects: I corrected the spelling mistakes. The new design corrected the flaws in the earlier version.
Rectify stresses the idea of bringing something into conformity with a standard of what is right: "It is dishonest to claim that we can rectify racial injustice without immediate cost" (Mari J. Matsuda).
Remedy involves removing or counteracting something considered a cause of harm, damage, or discontent: He took courses to remedy his abysmal ignorance.
Redress refers to setting right something considered immoral or unethical and usually involves some kind of recompense: "They said he had done very little to redress the abuses that the army had committed against the civilian population" (Daniel Wilkinson).
Revise suggests change that results from careful reconsideration: The agency revised its safety recommendations in view of the new findings.
Amend implies improvement through alteration or correction: "Whenever [the people] shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it" (Abraham Lincoln).
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  1. Accurate as a hole in one —Anon

    See Also: GOLF

  2. Accurately as a geometrician —V. S. Pritchett
  3. As scrupulous as a well-trained tailor —Robert Penn Warren
  4. Exact as a blueprint —Anon
  5. Exact as the technical jargon of a trade —Aldous Huxley
  6. More exacting than a pasha with thirty wives —Guy de Maupassant
  7. Proper as a butler —Charles Simmons
  8. Respectable as Jane Austen —Marge Piercy
  9. Right as a well-done sum —Sylvia Plath
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get hold of the right end of the stick To have the proper grasp or perspective on a situation. The expression is more common in Britain than in the United States. See also get hold of the wrong end of the Stick, FALLACIOUSNESS.

hit the white To be right, to be right on target, to hit the bull’s-eye. The allusion is to archery and the inner circle of the target or the bull’s-eye, formerly of a white color. Since bull’s-eyes are now usually painted or outlined in black, it is easy to see why this expression is rare or obsolete today.

’Twas I won the wager, though you hit the white. (Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew, V, ii)

on the beam On the right track; correct; accurate. The reference is to a radio beam used to direct the course of an aircraft. Thus, an airplane on the beam is right on the proper course. The phrase appeared as early as 1941 in the Daring Detective.

right as a trivet See GOOD HEALTH.

right as rain Very right, exactly correct or accurate, quite right. This simile, although not as common today as formerly, is still popularly used to emphasize degree of correctness. Its origin would appear to be simply from alliteration.

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.correctness - conformity to fact or truth
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
incorrectness, wrongness - the quality of not conforming to fact or truth
2.correctness - the quality of conformity to social expectations
correctitude, properness, propriety - correct or appropriate behavior
faultlessness, impeccability - the quality of being without an error or fault
political correctitude, political correctness - avoidance of expressions or actions that can be perceived to exclude or marginalize or insult people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against
incorrectness - lack of conformity to social expectations
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1. truth, accuracy, precision, exactitude, exactness, faultlessness Please check the correctness of the details on this form.
2. decorum, propriety, good manners, civility, good breeding, bon ton (French) He conducted himself with formal correctness at all times.
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2. Correspondence with fact or truth:
3. Conformity to recognized standards, as of conduct or appearance:
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[kəˈrektnɪs] N
1. (= accuracy) [of answer, amount, term, calculation] → exactitud f
2. (= appropriateness) [of method, approach] → lo apropiado, lo adecuado
3. (= decency) [of person, behaviour, dress] → corrección f
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[kəˈrɛktnɪs] n
(= accuracy) → justesse f, exactitude f
(= formality) [behaviour] → correction f
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(= accuracy)Richtigkeit f
(of behaviour etc)Korrektheit f
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[kəˈrɛktnɪs] ncorrettezza
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(kəˈrekt) verb
1. to remove faults and errors from. These spectacles will correct his eye defect.
2. (of a teacher etc) to mark errors in. I have fourteen exercise books to correct.
1. free from faults or errors. This sum is correct.
2. right; not wrong. Did I get the correct idea from what you said?; You are quite correct.
corˈrection (-ʃən) noun
corˈrective (-tiv) adjective
setting right. corrective treatment.
corˈrectly adverb
corˈrectness noun
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References in classic literature ?
"Well," said he, "I have done enough to demonstrate the correctness of my details.
Add to this, that the standard of correctness is not the same in poetry and politics, any more than in poetry and any other art.
Turning to the second page of the Trial, I found a Note, assuring the reader of the absolute correctness of the Report of the Proceedings.
Elizabethan prose, all too chaotic in the beauty and force which overflowed into it from Elizabethan poetry, and incorrect with an incorrectness which leaves it scarcely legitimate prose at all: then, in reaction against that, the correctness of Dryden, and his followers through the eighteenth century, determining the standard of a prose in the proper sense, not inferior to the prose of the Augustan age in Latin, or of the "great age in France": and, again in reaction against this, the wild mixture of poetry and prose, in our wild nineteenth century, under the influence of such writers as Dickens and Carlyle: such are the three periods into which the story of our prose literature divides itself.
She must learn to feel that she had been mistaken with regard to both; that she had been unfairly influenced by appearances in each; that because Captain Wentworth's manners had not suited her own ideas, she had been too quick in suspecting them to indicate a character of dangerous impetuosity; and that because Mr Elliot's manners had precisely pleased her in their propriety and correctness, their general politeness and suavity, she had been too quick in receiving them as the certain result of the most correct opinions and well-regulated mind.
He was immaculate in white jacket and apron and his hair was plastered over his brow with infinite correctness. No customers were in the place.
From the time of Thales of Miletus, in the fifth century B.C., down to that of Copernicus in the fifteenth and Tycho Brahe in the sixteenth century A.D., observations have been from time to time carried on with more or less correctness, until in the present day the altitudes of the lunar mountains have been determined with exactitude.
From this present view point he was enabled to look upon them in spectator fashion and to criticise them with some correctness, for his new condition had already defeated certain sym- pathies.
"I have been listening attentively to your narrative of my adventures," replied the chair; "and it must be owned that your correctness entitles you to be held up as a pattern to biographers.
One of the party, however, named Jennings, doubted the correctness of the alarm, and before he mounted his horse wanted to ascertain the fact.
I see no reason to doubt the correctness of this view.
And Stepan Arkadyevitch saw the correctness of this view not in words only but in actual fact.