Examples of codicil in a Sentence
a codicil to the treaty was necessary to clarify certain provisos that had proved to be ambiguous
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Racism wasn't out front; people regulated it through the codicils on their homes.
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A codicil is literally a "little codex," a little bit of writing on a small piece of writing material, used to add to or change something about a larger piece of writing. A codicil to a will can change the terms of the original will completely, so it generally requires witnesses just like the will itself, though in some states a handwritten codicil may not. In mystery novels, such changes have been known to cause murders; in real life, codicils aren't usually quite that exciting.
Origin and Etymology of codicil
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsafterword, appendix, addendum, excursus, supplement
Antonymsforeword, introduction, preface, prologue (also prolog)
Related Wordscoda, epilogue (also epilog), postlude; conclusion, ending, finale; accompaniment, addition, complement, postscript; follow-up, sequel; documentation; allonge, rider
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