correction

noun
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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web In the end, the district had to spend another $8,600 to send out a correction postcard, but for many, the episode left a whiff of voter suppression hanging over an election in which five black candidates were trying to crack open an all-white board. Jim Shultz, The New York Review of Books, "One Small Vote for Lockport, NY, One Giant Lesson for 2020 America," 7 July 2020 But despite these short-term setbacks, the scrutiny and subsequent correction of the papers actually show that science is working. Mark R. O'brian, The Conversation, "Retractions and controversies over coronavirus research show that the process of science is working as it should," 6 July 2020 Effective progress on climate will require government and the finance industry to enforce the edicts of chemistry and physics: massive action undertaken inside a decade, not gradual, gentle course correction. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, "What Facebook and the Oil Industry Have in Common," 1 July 2020 Carlson has not issued a correction for any information in his May 31 segment. Jason Silverstein, CBS News, "Texas police department slams Tucker Carlson for "absolutely inaccurate" report about protest response," 16 June 2020 Johnson acknowledged the apology on Twitter, accepting a correction over a cancelation. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "The 👁👄👁 Debacle Sums Up Tech's Race Issues," 29 June 2020 The Oregon Health Authority also issued a correction after incorrectly reporting the death of a woman yesterday. oregonlive, "Oregon reaches new 2nd highest daily count of new coronavirus cases, 277, surpasses 8,000 total," 27 June 2020 Orlando, Florida — An inmate at a Florida prison died after being beaten by a correction's officer, the Miami Herald reported Monday. CBS News, "Florida inmate reportedly beaten to death by guard while handcuffed," 23 June 2020 This means that the stewardship of aviation’s delicate course correction will be extremely important—everything the industry does will need to be seen through the lens of passengers’ well-being, not the airlines’. David Ziegler, Fortune, "Passengers are afraid to fly. The right tools could help airlines woo them back," 18 June 2020

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First Known Use of correction

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Jul 2020

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“Correction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/correction. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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correction

noun
How to pronounce correction (audio)

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

correction

noun
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

correction

noun
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

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correction

noun
cor·​rec·​tion

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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