noun \ˈkä-də-səl, -ˌsil\

law : a document that adds or changes something in a will

Full Definition of CODICIL

:  a legal instrument made to modify an earlier will
cod·i·cil·la·ry \ˌkä-də-ˈsi-lə-rē\ adjective

Examples of CODICIL

  1. <a codicil to the treaty was necessary to clarify certain provisos that had proved to be ambiguous>

Origin of CODICIL

Middle English codicill, from Anglo-French *codicille, from Latin codicillus, diminutive of codic-, codex
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Legal Terms

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