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

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web The transgender flag, with its stripes of baby blue, pale pink and white, serves as a point of correction in how gender has been defined, understood and stereotyped. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2022 However, today’s turbulence is a new kind of correction, with no guarantee of a workforce waiting for your paychecks to put them back in the game. Taso Du Val, Fortune, 18 Nov. 2022 Dunlap said that a final version of the findings is still awaiting approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services quality assurance team, and that Uspiritus will have 10 days after receiving it to submit a plan of correction. Safia Samee Ali, NBC News, 18 Nov. 2022 The miscommunication was a symbol of the Badgers’ struggles in their 24-10 loss to the Hawkeyes last week and a key point of correction as the team plays the final two games of the regular season. Mark Stewart, Journal Sentinel, 16 Nov. 2022 Other areas that may not face much of a housing price correction are those with low levels of new construction, says Joshi. Jonathan Ponciano, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2022 The hospital isn’t under any plan of correction with their powerful federal regulators, according to North Star. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Sep. 2022 One of the ironies of the longtermist correction was that, all of a sudden, politics was on the table in a new way. Gideon Lewis-kraus, The New Yorker, 8 Aug. 2022 The new revelations weren’t quite enough to assuage investors’ fears that the entire semiconductor industry is on the cusp of a major correction following two years of booming growth. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, 3 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Correction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/correction. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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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