alteration

[awl-tuh-rey-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act or process of altering; the state of being altered: Alteration will improve the dress.
2.
a change; modification or adjustment: There has been an alteration in our plans.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English alteracioun < Medieval Latin alterātiōn- (stem of alterātiō). See alter, -ation

prealteration, noun
proalteration, adjective
realteration, noun
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alteration (ˌɔːltəˈreɪʃən)
 
n
1.  an adjustment, change, or modification
2.  the act of altering or state of being altered

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alteration
late 15c., "action of altering," from Fr. altération (14c.), from M.L. alterationem, from alterare (see alter). Meaning "change in character or appearance" is from 1530s; that of "change in ready-made clothes to suit a customer's specifications" is from 1901
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Example sentences
Alteration cannot change material content of the photo.
Since the captioning is taken from the script's files, any alteration between
  script and shooting is lost.
Such an alteration would be needed to allow freshwater fish eggs to survive and
  travel far in salt water.
The rock's high sulfur content and softness are probably evidence of past
  alteration by water.
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