correction

noun

cor·​rec·​tion kə-ˈrek-shən How to pronounce correction (audio)
1
: the action or an instance of correcting: such as
c
: a bringing into conformity with a standard
d
: neutralization, counteraction
correction of acidity
2
: a decline in market price or business activity following and counteracting a rise
3
a
: something substituted in place of what is wrong
marking corrections on the students' papers
b
: a quantity applied by way of correcting (as for adjustment of an instrument)
4
: the treatment and rehabilitation of offenders through a program involving penal custody, parole, and probation
also : the administration of such treatment as a matter of public policy
usually used in plural
correctional
kə-ˈrek-shnəl How to pronounce correction (audio)
-shə-nᵊl
adjective

Examples of correction in a Sentence

The teacher marked corrections on his students' tests. Please make corrections before handing in your compositions. the correction of your mistakes people in need of vision correction
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of correction was in the 14th century

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“Correction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/correction. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

correction

noun
cor·​rec·​tion kə-ˈrek-shən How to pronounce correction (audio)
1
: the action or an instance of correcting
2
: a change that makes something right
3
: punishment or scolding intended to correct faults of character or behavior
correctional
-shnəl How to pronounce correction (audio)
-shən-ᵊl
adjective

Medical Definition

correction

noun
cor·​rec·​tion kə-ˈrek-shən How to pronounce correction (audio)
: the action or an instance of correcting or neutralizing a harmful or undesirable condition
correction of acidity
correction of visual defects with glasses

Legal Definition

correction

noun
cor·​rec·​tion
1
: a decline in market price or business activity following and counteracting a rise
2
: the treatment and rehabilitation of offenders through a program involving penal custody, parole, and probation
often used in pl.
correctional adjective

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