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Main Entry: er·ror
Pronunciation: primarystresser-schwar
Function: noun
1 a : departure from a code of behavior <the error of their ways> b : an unintentional departure from truth, accuracy, or a goal <made an error in my adding> c : a misplay made by a fielder in baseball
2 : the quality or state of erring
3 : a false belief or a set of false beliefs
4 : something produced by mistake
5 : the difference between an observed or calculated value and a true value; especially : variation in measurements, calculations, or observations of a quantity as a result of mistakes or uncontrollable conditions
6 : the amount of error
- er·ror·less /-lschwas/ adjective
synonyms ERROR, MISTAKE, BLUNDER mean a failure to speak or act according to truth, accuracy, or good judgment. ERROR suggests that one fails to follow a model correctly <an error in subtraction>. MISTAKE suggests that one misunderstands something and does not mean to do wrong <took someone else's coat by mistake>. BLUNDER suggests a bad mistake made because of a lack of knowledge, intelligence, caution, or care <the actors made several blunders during the play>.

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