mod·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌmä-də-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce modification (audio) \

Definition of modification

1 : the limiting of a statement : qualification with some modifications this statement is true today— J. B. Conant
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 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 Whatever the original intent, the ongoing approach without modification causes poorly off people with more common sense and financial understanding than their representatives to avoid making enough to set themselves back. Erik Sherman, Forbes, 7 May 2022 An Elkhart County judge offered Cooper a sentence modification deal in 2006 after new evidence of his innocence surfaced. Kristine Phillips, The Indianapolis Star, 4 May 2022 Under the terms of the plea agreement, Gooding is to continue alcohol and behavior modification treatment for six months and have no new arrests. CNN, 13 Apr. 2022 That modification kit was eventually spun into the 1982 release of Ms. Pac-Man, with Namco's official blessing. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 8 Apr. 2022 At the Utah facility the inmates are subjected to draconian behavioral modification methods meted out by the authoritarian headmistress. Los Angeles Times, 12 Mar. 2022 The noise cancellation technology is also good, and two different ambient noise modification modes are included. Thomas Hindle, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Mar. 2022 Pearson's episode, airing Monday, explores the lengths people will go to for body modification procedures. Dory Jackson,, 7 Feb. 2022 Among those is an expansive weather modification program that uses cloud-seeding technology to increase rainfall in an attempt to flush out dirty skies. Washington Post, 24 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of modification

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Modification.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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mod·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌmä-də-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce modification (audio) \

Kids Definition of modification

1 : the act or process of changing parts of something
2 : a slightly changed form


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Medical Definition of modification

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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