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emend

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of emend

to remove errors, defects, deficiencies, or deviations from
  • the first printout quickly revealed that our computer program needed to be emended

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How does the verb emend differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of emend are amend, correct, rectify, redress, reform, remedy, and revise. While all these words mean "to make right what is wrong," emend specifically implies correction of a text or manuscript.

emend a text

How is amend related to other words for emend?

Amend, reform, and revise imply an improving by making corrective changes, amend usually suggesting slight changes.

amend a law

In what contexts can correct take the place of emend?

The words correct and emend can be used in similar contexts, but correct implies taking action to remove errors, faults, deviations, defects.

correct your spelling

Where would rectify be a reasonable alternative to emend?

In some situations, the words rectify and emend are roughly equivalent. However, rectify implies a more essential changing to make something right, just, or properly controlled or directed.

rectify a misguided policy

When could redress be used to replace emend?

The synonyms redress and emend are sometimes interchangeable, but redress implies making compensation or reparation for an unfairness, injustice, or imbalance.

redress past social injustices

When can reform be used instead of emend?

While the synonyms reform and emend are close in meaning, reform implies drastic change.

plans to reform the court system

When would remedy be a good substitute for emend?

The meanings of remedy and emend largely overlap; however, remedy implies removing or making harmless a cause of trouble, harm, or evil.

set out to remedy the evils of the world

When is revise a more appropriate choice than emend?

While in some cases nearly identical to emend, revise suggests a careful examination of something and the making of necessary changes.

revise the schedule

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The first known use of emend was in the 15th century

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“Emend.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/emend. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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