modification

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noun mod·i·fi·ca·tion \ˌmä-də-fə-ˈkā-shən\

Definition of modification

  1. 1 :  the limiting of a statement :  qualification with some modifications this statement is true today — J. B. Conant

  2. 2 :  1mode 6a

  3. 3a :  the making of a limited change in something making the exactly minimum degree of modification to her institutions necessary to fit them to new conditions — John Strachey; also :  the result of such a changeb :  a change in an organism caused by environmental factors

  4. 4 :  a limitation or qualification (see qualification 1) of the meaning of a word by another word, by an affix, or by internal change

Examples of modification in a Sentence

  1. The program can be used on all computers without modification.

  2. They passed the law with only a few minor modifications.

  3. The weather required some major modifications to our travel plans.

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First Known Use of modification

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MODIFICATION Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of modification for English Language Learners

  • : the act or process of changing parts of something : the act or process of modifying something

  • : a change in something (such as a system or style)


MODIFICATION Defined for Kids

modification

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noun mod·i·fi·ca·tion \ˌmä-də-fə-ˈkā-shən\

Definition of modification for Students

  1. 1 :  the act or process of changing parts of something

  2. 2 :  a slightly changed form


Medical Dictionary

modification

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noun mod·i·fi·ca·tion \ˌmäd-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən\

Medical Definition of modification

  1. 1:  the act or result of modifying something

  2. 2:  a change in an organism that is not inherited and that is caused by the influence of its environment



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