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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.


  1. correctness

    Correctness refers to the accuracy, exactness, or validity of something in accordance with a particular standard, specification, or requirement. It implies that something is free from errors, mistakes, or faults and that it aligns with the established rules or principles. In computer science, it often means that a program or algorithm is achieving its desired output or result without causing any unexpected or undesirable behavior.

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. 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.

  2. Ed Bridgeman:

    If you see something that is out of place, if it looks wrong, then it probably is, then you have to take the next step to overcome political correctness injected into society and report it.

  3. President Barack Obama:

    This isn't a matter of political correctness. It's a matter of understanding what makes us strong.

  4. Ted Cruz:

    We have had enough with political correctness -- especially in the military. Political correctness is dangerous, and the idea that we would draft our daughters, to forcibly bring them into the military and put them in close contact -- I think is wrong, it is immoral, and if I am president, we ain't doing it.

  5. Sean Patrick Maloney:

    We as Democrats should not be, out of some sense of correctness, falling in love with [mask] mandates when they aren't necessary, we should get rid of them as quickly as we responsibly can.

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