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[awl-tuh-rey-shuh n] /ˌɔl təˈreɪ ʃən/
the act or process of altering; the state of being altered:
Alteration will improve the dress.
a change; modification or adjustment:
There has been an alteration in our plans.
1350-1400; Middle English alteracioun < Medieval Latin alterātiōn- (stem of alterātiō). See alter, -ation
Related forms
prealteration, noun
proalteration, adjective
realteration, noun Unabridged
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  • However, if a photo is chosen for publication in the magazine, it will be scrutinized for possible alterations.
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British Dictionary definitions for alterations


an adjustment, change, or modification
the act of altering or state of being altered
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Word Origin and History for alterations



late 14c., "action of altering," from Old French alteracion (14c.) "change, alteration," and directly from Medieval Latin alterationem (nominative alteratio), noun of action from past participle stem of Late Latin 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. Related: Alterations.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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