Definition of wrongfully adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈrɒŋfəli//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɔːŋfəli//
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in a way that is not fair, morally right or legal to be wrongfully convicted/dismissed Which Word?wrong / wrongly / wrongfully In 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:My name was wrongly spelt. She guessed wrongly that he was a teacher. Wrongfully is usually used in a formal legal situation with words like convicted, dismissed and imprisoned.