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 The correction created a six-month delay in remodeling the main house, which would prove critical. Mary Wakeford, The Arizona Republic, "Couple face challenges as they work to create their perfect Sun City retirement home," 11 Sep. 2020 That unease was evident Thursday, as the Nasdaq 100, the focal point of the recent stock correction, staged a 0.7% intraday swing at least eight times. Sarah Ponczek, Bloomberg.com, "Options Mania and Real-World Risk Mean Volatility Here to Stay," 10 Sep. 2020 And historically, the returns for the Nasdaq following a rapid correction are mostly positive six to 12 months out. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "Where do tech stocks go from here?," 10 Sep. 2020 Is September going to be a correction month for tech stocks? Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Nasdaq tumbles again as tech stocks remain under pressure," 8 Sep. 2020 Such denunciations of Lukashenko, spurred by a brutal crackdown on protesters in the days after the election, represent a substantial course-correction for American officials. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "Belarus dictator admits he may have kept power 'for a bit too long' as protests continue," 8 Sep. 2020 Checkbook’s undercover shoppers collected prices for 18 models of eyeglasses (with single-correction lenses) and found that some Bay Area outlets charge twice as much as others. Consumers’ Checkbook, SFChronicle.com, "Tips for buying eyeglasses and contacts," 4 Sep. 2020 The market’s reliance on big tech, thus far, needs to end, and there is no telling if an inevitable correction in big tech will simply lead to a rotation to new leadership or bring all market sentiment down with it. David L. Bahnsen, National Review, "Explaining the Market Response to Today’s Economic Distress," 2 Sep. 2020 The Bronx district attorney's office declined to press criminal charges in connection to Polanco's death, but city officials announced in June that 17 correction officers would face disciplinary action in connection with her death. Fox News, "Layleen Polanco's family gets multimillion-dollar settlement over Rikers Island death in isolation," 1 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of correction

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Correction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/correction. Accessed 24 Sep. 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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