a supplement to a will, containing an addition, explanation, modification, etc., of something in the will.
any supplement; appendix.

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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codicil (ˈkɒdɪsɪl)
1.  law a supplement modifying a will or revoking some provision of it
2.  an additional provision; appendix
[C15: from Late Latin cōdicillus, literally: a little book, diminutive of codex]

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Word Origin & History

c.1419, from M.Fr. codicille, from L. codicillus "a short writing," dim. of codex (gen. codicis), see code.
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Example sentences
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.
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