error ( errors plural )
1 n-var An error is something you have done which is considered to be incorrect or wrong, or which should not have been done.
oft N prep
NASA discovered a mathematical error in its calculations..., MPs attacked lax management and errors of judgment.
2 If you do something in error or if it happens in error, you do it or it happens because you have made a mistake, especially in your judgment.
in error phrase usu PHR after v
The plane was shot down in error by a NATO missile.
3 If someone sees the error of their ways, they realize or admit that they have made a mistake or behaved badly.
see the error of one's ways phrase PHR after v
I wanted an opportunity to talk some sense into him and try to make him see the error of his ways.
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