modification

noun

mod·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌmä-də-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce modification (audio)
1
: the limiting of a statement : qualification
with some modifications this statement is true todayJ. B. Conant
2
3
a
: the making of a limited change in something
making the exactly minimum degree of modification to her institutions necessary to fit them to new conditionsJohn Strachey
also : the result of such a change
b
: a change in an organism caused by environmental factors
4
: a limitation or qualification (see qualification sense 1) of the meaning of a word by another word, by an affix, or by internal change

Examples of modification in a Sentence

The program can be used on all computers without modification. They passed the law with only a few minor modifications. The weather required some major modifications to our travel plans.
Recent Examples on the Web There may come a time for some behavioral modification (rewards and consequences), but your son is still too young for this way of parenting. Meghan Leahy, Washington Post, 3 July 2024 The law also protects manufacturers from liability for damage or injury caused by a repair, diagnosis, maintenance or modification. Brianna Taylor, Sacramento Bee, 1 July 2024 Pathways involved in protein modification, cellular signaling, and mitochondrial function were significantly associated with Alzheimer’s patients. Rohan Rajeev, STAT, 28 June 2024 Under terms of a Games agreement with organizers, L.A. has a right to consider modifications occurring within its boundaries. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 24 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for modification 

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Word History

First Known Use

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Modification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/modification. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

modification

noun
mod·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌmäd-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce modification (audio)
1
a
: the act of modifying
b
: the state of being modified
2
: the limiting of a statement : qualification
3
: the result of modifying : partial change
modification of plans

Medical Definition

modification

noun
mod·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌmäd-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce modification (audio)
1
: the act or result of modifying something
2
: a change in an organism that is not inherited and that is caused by the influence of its environment

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