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Definition of wrongly adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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 in a way that is unfair, immoral, or not correct She was wrongly accused of stealing. He assumed, wrongly, that she did not care. The sentence had been wrongly translated. They knew they had acted wrongly. Rightly or wrongly, they felt they should have been better informed (= I do not know whether they were right to feel this way). She was wrongly diagnosed as having skin cancer. Which Word?wrong / wrongly / wrongfullyIn informal language, wrong can be used as an adverb instead of wrongly when it means “incorrectly” and comes after a verb or its object:My name was spelled wrong. I’m afraid you guessed wrong.Wrongly is used before a past participle or a that clause:He was wrongly targeted by the media. She guessed wrongly that he was a teacher.Wrongfully is often used in a formal legal situation with words like convicted, dismissed, and imprisoned.
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