codicil

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noun cod·i·cil \ˈkä-də-səl, -ˌsil\

Definition of codicil

  1. 1 :  a legal instrument made to modify an earlier will

  2. 2 :  appendix, supplement

codicillary

play \ˌkä-də-ˈsi-lə-rē\ adjective

Examples of codicil in a sentence

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

Did You Know?

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

Middle English codicill, from Anglo-French *codicille, from Latin codicillus, diminutive of codic-, codex


First Known Use: 15th century


CODICIL Defined for English Language Learners

codicil

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noun cod·i·cil \ˈkä-də-səl, -ˌsil\

Definition of codicil for English Language Learners

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


Law Dictionary

codicil

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noun cod·i·cil \ˈkä-də-səl, -ˌsil\

Legal Definition of codicil

  1. :  a formally executed document made after a will that adds to, subtracts from, or changes the will — see also republish

Origin and Etymology of codicil

Latin codicillus, literally, writing tablet, diminutive of codic-, codex book — see code


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