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involving a mistake; signifies a deviation from the requirements of the law, but it does not connote a lack of legal authority, and is thus distinguished from illegal. If, while having the power to act, one commits error in the exercise of that power, he acts erroneously.
ERRONEOUS JUDGMENT one rendered according to practice of court, but contrary to law, upon a mistaken view of law, or upon erroneous application of legal principles.
Source: Barron's Dictionary of Legal Terms, Steven H. Gifis, 5th Edition; © 2016