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[kuh-rek-shuh n] /kəˈrɛk ʃən/
something that is substituted or proposed for what is wrong or inaccurate; emendation.
the act of correcting.
punishment intended to reform, improve, or rehabilitate; chastisement; reproof.
Usually, corrections. the various methods, as incarceration, parole, and probation, by which society deals with convicted offenders.
a quantity applied or other adjustment made in order to increase accuracy, as in the use of an instrument or the solution of a problem:
A five degree correction will put the ship on course.
a reversal of the trend of stock prices, especially temporarily, as after a sharp advance or decline in the previous trading sessions.
1300-50; Middle English correccio(u)n (< Anglo-French) < Latin corrēctiōn- (stem of corrēctiō) a setting straight. See correct, -ion
Related forms
noncorrection, noun
precorrection, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for corrections
  • Additional charges will be incurred to make corrections.
  • Ask students not to make corrections or censor what they write.
  • It never helps to get reminders of bad behavior and corrections.
  • Also, people keep mentioning corrections and leash corrections.
  • Publishers of pod and digital books have no need to wait for a new print run in order to make corrections.
  • It's not unusual for the paperback edition of a book to include some corrections from the hardcover.
  • Double spacing goes back to a pre-computer time when editors and teachers wanted to make corrections on paper.
  • Intellectual corrections, however, often proceed to the point where they need their own corrections.
  • But if a writer starts spotting such perceived blemishes in typeset pages, expensive corrections will need justification.
  • He acknowledges there have been some course corrections along the way.
British Dictionary definitions for corrections


the act or process of correcting
something offered or substituted for an error; an improvement
the act or process of punishing; reproof
a number or quantity added to or subtracted from a scientific or mathematical calculation or observation to increase its accuracy
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Word Origin and History for corrections



mid-14c., "action of correcting," from Old French correccion (13c.) "correction, amendment; punishment, rebuke," from Latin correctionem (nominative correctio), noun of action from past participle stem of corrigere (see correct (v.)). Meaning "chastisement" is from late 14c. Meaning "an instance of correction" is from 1520s. House of correction was in a royal statute from 1575.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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