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[kuh-rek-shuh n] /kəˈrɛk ʃən/
something that is substituted or proposed for what is wrong or inaccurate; emendation.
the act of correcting.
punishment intended to reform, improve, or rehabilitate; chastisement; reproof.
Usually, corrections. the various methods, as incarceration, parole, and probation, by which society deals with convicted offenders.
a quantity applied or other adjustment made in order to increase accuracy, as in the use of an instrument or the solution of a problem:
A five degree correction will put the ship on course.
a reversal of the trend of stock prices, especially temporarily, as after a sharp advance or decline in the previous trading sessions.
Origin of correction
1300-50; Middle English correccio(u)n (< Anglo-French) < Latin corrēctiōn- (stem of corrēctiō) a setting straight. See correct, -ion
Related forms
noncorrection, noun
precorrection, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for correction
  • Thanks for the correction: it's now correct in the blog.
  • Thank you for the acknowledgement and the correction.
  • Slight correction to be made in your first paragraph.
  • But that only allows correction for distortions along one line of sight.
  • The correction should match the intensity of the pup's behavior.
  • The last example, before correction, is indefinite as well as negative.
  • It joins the other experiences which are perhaps antagonistic to it and thus undergoes correction through the other ideas.
  • Further reflection will show us in what respect this statement requires correction.
  • The self-correction in dreams, which seems so wonderful to some authors, does not merit consideration by us.
  • But his correction is condemned by the authority of all manuscript copies.
British Dictionary definitions for correction


the act or process of correcting
something offered or substituted for an error; an improvement
the act or process of punishing; reproof
a number or quantity added to or subtracted from a scientific or mathematical calculation or observation to increase its accuracy
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Word Origin and History for correction

mid-14c., "action of correcting," from Old French correccion (13c.) "correction, amendment; punishment, rebuke," from Latin correctionem (nominative correctio), noun of action from past participle stem of corrigere (see correct (v.)). Meaning "chastisement" is from late 14c. Meaning "an instance of correction" is from 1520s. House of correction was in a royal statute from 1575.

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