cor·​rec·​tion | \ kə-ˈrek-shən How to pronounce correction (audio) \

Definition of correction

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
3a : 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

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Other Words from correction

correctional \ kə-​ˈrek-​shnəl How to pronounce correctional (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Synonyms for correction


amendment, emendation

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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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Some corrections officers visited the Trump Tower gift shop to buy Make America Great Again trinkets, while the New Yorkers waited outside. Amanda Ripley, Twin Cities, "Amanda Ripley: Democrats and Republicans are very bad at guessing each other’s beliefs," 30 June 2019 Each has been marked with corrections, made in red ink; one wall is covered with feedback his dad got, some of it pretty brutal. Deborah Martin,, "Crystal Bridges exhibit ‘Men of Steel, Women of Wonder’ lands in San Antonio," 19 June 2019 This year, the boxers include a police officer from Alexandria, Louisiana, as well as a corrections officer and a probation officer from Nevada. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘Battle of Badges’ aboard USS Midway Museum raises money for youth boxing program," 14 June 2019 When the person returned to the Kenosha jail, corrections officers immediately put the detainee in a medical isolation room. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two detainees at Kenosha County Detention Center diagnosed with mumps," 7 June 2019 Previous versions of the legislation attracted Democratic support, but were watered down and scrapped amid resistance from state corrections officers and a veto by Republican Governor Brian Sandoval. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The State That Liberal Dreams Are Made Of," 5 June 2019 The photographer, John Moore of Getty Images, had noticed the mistake and contacted Time to make the correction, the magazine said. NBC News, "Time issues correction for photo of crying 2-year-old migrant," 22 June 2018 This week, having been presented with the complete deficiency report, the hospital submitted a detailed plan of correction that Lawson said should bring St. Luke’s into compliance with federal standards. Mike Hixenbaugh, ProPublica, "Blistering Report Details Serious Safety Lapses at St. Luke’s in Houston," 17 May 2019 As Lucy moves through the solar system, the majority of its course corrections will use what are known as gravity assists. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Inside NASA's Wildly Complex Plan to Navigate Jupiter's Asteroid Fields," 21 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of correction

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Financial Definition of correction

What It Is

A correction refers to a price decline of at least 10% of any security or market index after a temporary increase in market prices.

How It Works

The stock market's value is always rising and falling. Sometimes, the market will experience short-term gains when nothing has really changed. These increases in value are usually caused by mass optimism on the part of investors anticipating gains. As more investors buy into the trend, the price increases. Once the price is high enough, buying slows, and some investors begin to sell to lock in their gains. This decrease in price, following a short-term increase, is called a correction.

For example, suppose there is a stock XYZ that is currently valued at $80. Anticipating gains, investors continue to purchase XYZ, and the price of the stock goes up to $100 over the next month. At the end of this month, some investors stop buying the stock at the higher price, and others start selling the stock to lock in their gains. Consequently, the market readjusts and the price of XYZ stock falls to $90 per share. Therefore, XYZ stock has experienced a correction of roughly 10%.

Why It Matters

Corrections are usually tracked once an upswing in market prices has come and gone. A correction in a stock's price following an upswing is indicative of a stock's true market value and may not indicate a loss in value so much as a market's return to stability.

Corrections are a big part of technical analysis. Many investors use indicators to try to determine when the correction will begin and end so that they can buy when prices are lower.

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English Language Learners Definition of correction

: a change that makes something right, true, accurate, etc.
: the act of making something (such as an error or a bad condition) accurate or better : the act of correcting something
: the act or process of punishing and changing the behavior of people who have committed crimes


cor·​rec·​tion | \ kə-ˈrek-shən How to pronounce correction (audio) \

Kids Definition of correction

1 : the act of making something agree with what is right or standard correction of vision
2 : a change that makes something right I read the teacher's corrections on my paper.

Other Words from correction

correctional \ -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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cor·​rec·​tion | \ kə-ˈrek-shən How to pronounce correction (audio) \

Medical Definition of correction

: 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 of correction

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.

Other Words from correction

correctional adjective

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an act or instance of editing or removing

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