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alteration

[awl-tuh-rey-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act or process of altering; the state of being altered: Alteration will improve the dress.
2.
a change; modification or adjustment: There has been an alteration in our plans.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English alteracioun < Medieval Latin alterātiōn- (stem of alterātiō). See alter, -ation

prealteration, noun
proalteration, adjective
realteration, noun
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alteration (ˌɔːltəˈreɪʃən)
 
n
1.  an adjustment, change, or modification
2.  the act of altering or state of being altered

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alteration
late 15c., "action of altering," from Fr. altération (14c.), from M.L. alterationem, from 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
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