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[kod-uh-suh l] /ˈkɒd ə səl/
a supplement to a will, containing an addition, explanation, modification, etc., of something in the will.
any supplement; appendix.
Origin of codicil
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Late Latin cōdicillus (in Latin, commonly in plural only), equivalent to Latin cōdic- (stem of cōdex) codex + -illus diminutive suffix Unabridged
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Examples from the web for codicil
  • Charitable bequests may be designed when a new will is executed, or added to an existing will through a codicil.
  • Charitable bequests may be designated when a new will is executed, or added to an existing will through a codicil.
  • Two days later he made a slight alteration in a codicil.
  • The respondent had prepared and was in possession of the client's will and a codicil, which named the respondent as executor.
British Dictionary definitions for codicil


(law) a supplement modifying a will or revoking some provision of it
an additional provision; appendix
Derived Forms
codicillary (ˌkɒdɪˈsɪlərɪ) adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin cōdicillus, literally: a little book, diminutive of codex
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Word Origin and History for codicil

early 15c., from Middle French codicille, from Latin codicillus "a short writing, a small writing tablet," diminutive of codex (genitive codicis), see code (n.).

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