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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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  • But even if there be a codicil, how do you know it is in favor of Perdita?

    Dust Julian Hawthorne
  • (Oct. 15) Adds a codicil to his will with a few alterations of bequests.

    Luca Signorelli Maud Cruttwell
  • A codicil was added to Harriet Martineau's will, therefore, revoking the provision about this matter.

    Harriet Martineau Florence Fenwick Miller
  • I was goin' to take this to Ferret on my way home—and it's the codicil to my will, this is.

    The Giant's Robe F. Anstey
  • In his heart of hearts, he did believe that that codicil had been fraudulently manufactured by his friend and client, Lady Mason.

    Orley Farm Anthony Trollope
  • The will and codicil were confirmed, and Lady Mason continued to live at the farm.

    Orley Farm Anthony Trollope
  • Having read it once, Mr Armstrong turned back to the first page and read it again; and then with equal care perused the codicil.

    Roger Ingleton, Minor Talbot Baines Reed
  • She had seen the signature, and written the codicil, and could explain the motive.

    Orley Farm Anthony Trollope
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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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