modification

noun
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

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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.
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Under a contract approved last month, the city agreed to retain the use of arbitrators, with modifications to the way they are selected and to streamline the process. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "Defending police reforms, Seattle tells federal judge that reinstatement of officer who punched woman is an ‘outlier’," 19 Dec. 2018 The inadequate automated testing and/or the disregard for test failures means in turn that the Windows developers can't be confident that modifications and fixes do not have ripple effects. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft’s problem isn’t how often it updates Windows—it’s how it develops it," 20 Oct. 2018 But critically there are a lot of questions here about political modification and perhaps leading the story. Fox News, "Rosenstein pushes back against New York Times report," 21 Sep. 2018 Margot worked through some mechanical modifications and continues to adjust to a more refined approach at the plate. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres' Manuel Margot continues work to become all-around player," 11 July 2018 The bill was later revised to $43,000 to include modifications and repairs required in the office. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "How Scott Pruitt Blew It: A List of Scandals That Led to the EPA Chief's Resignation," 5 July 2018 The project will include two lanes in each direction and new or extended turn lanes at intersections, a bridge replacement, signal modifications and sidewalks. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "State approves grant funding for 2 road projects in Peachtree Corners," 25 June 2018 Critics argue the state has avoided establishing a clear policy on who owns the mineral rights to coastal waters, leading to costly restoration project modifications and construction delays. Sara Sneath, NOLA.com, "As Louisiana's coast washes away, state cashing in on disputed oil and gas rights," 31 May 2018 That first move, including building modifications and additional security, cost under $400,000, another U.S. official said. Loveday Morris, Washington Post, "New U.S. embassy in Jerusalem: A stone plaque and $400,000 in renovations, for now," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of modification

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of modification was in 1603

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modification

noun

English Language Learners Definition of modification

: 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

noun
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

modification

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

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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