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Princeton's WordNet

  1. correctness, rightnessnoun

    conformity to fact or truth

  2. correctnessnoun

    the quality of conformity to social expectations


  1. correctnessnoun

    freedom from error

  2. correctnessnoun

    conformity to the truth or to fact

  3. correctnessnoun

    conformity to recognized standards

  4. correctnessnoun

    The state of an algorithm that correctly mirrors its specification.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Correctnessnoun

    Accuracy; exactness; freedom from faults.

    Etymology: from correct.

    Too much labour often takes away the spirit, by adding to the polishing; so that there remains nothing but a dull correctness, a piece without any considerable faults, but with few beauties. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    The softness of the flesh, the delicacy of the shape, air and posture, and the correctness of design in this statue, are inexpressible. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    Late, very late, correctness grew our care,
    When the tir’d nation breath’d from civil war. Alexander Pope.

    Those pieces have never before been printed from the true copies, or with any tolerable degree of correctness. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Correctnessnoun

    the state or quality of being correct; as, the correctness of opinions or of manners; correctness of taste; correctness in writing or speaking; the correctness of a text or copy


  1. Correctness

    In theoretical computer science, correctness of an algorithm is asserted when it is said that the algorithm is correct with respect to a specification. Functional correctness refers to the input-output behaviour of the algorithm. A distinction is made between total correctness, which additionally requires that the algorithm terminates, and partial correctness, which simply requires that if an answer is returned it will be correct. Since there is no general solution to the halting problem, a total correctness assertion may lie much deeper. A termination proof is a type of mathematical proof that plays a critical role in formal verification because total correctness of an algorithm depends on termination. For example, successively searching through integers 1, 2, 3, … to see if we can find an example of some phenomenon — say an odd perfect number — it is quite easy to write a partially correct program. But to say this program is totally correct would be to assert something currently not known in number theory. A proof would have to be a mathematical proof, assuming both the algorithm and specification are given formally. In particular it is not expected to be a correctness assertion for a given program implementing the algorithm on a given machine. That would involve such considerations as limitations on computer memory.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of correctness in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of correctness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of correctness in a Sentence

  1. Nathan Larson:

    A lot of people are tired of political correctness and being constrained by it, people prefer when there’s an outsider who doesn’t have anything to lose and is willing to say what’s on a lot of people’s minds.

  2. Greg Abbott:

    Stop political correctness in our schools. Of course Texas schoolchildren should be taught that Alamo defenders were ‘ Heroic ’ ! i fully expect the State Board of Education to agree. Contact your SBOE Member to complain.

  3. Chief Ernest Finley:

    I think it's important to get the truth, and (it's important to know) the truth, and really dealing with the truth, and dealing with the community to let the community know that we stand for righteousness and correctness in all that we do.

  4. Freshman Tristan Justice:

    I found that this school has an obsession with political correctness, despite being informed that American University was American University, I went to orientation with high hopes that it was n’t as bad as American University sounded, but I was wrong.

  5. Donald Trump:

    The Kentuky( sic) Derby decision was not a good one, it was a rough and tumble race on a wet and sloppy track, actually, a beautiful thing to watch. Only in these days of political correctness could such an overturn occur. The best horse did NOT win the Kentucky Derby - not even close !

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