Meaning of “wrongly” in the English Dictionary

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"wrongly" in British English

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uk /ˈrɒŋ.li/ us /ˈrɑːŋ.li/

B2 not correctly:

Several people were wrongly convicted.
He even spelled his own client's name wrongly.

More examples

  • The swear word 'bloody' is wrongly thought by some to be a corruption of the words 'by our Lady.'
  • Rightly or wrongly, she has been given the post of managing director.
  • She sued the paper for damages after they wrongly described her as a prostitute.
  • I think these items have been rung up wrongly on the till.
  • The parcel was wrongly addressed.

(Definition of “wrongly” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wrongly" in American English

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wronglyadverb [ not gradable ]

us /ˈrɔŋ·li/

not correctly or not accurately:

He was wrongly accused of the crime.

(Definition of “wrongly” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)