Definition of correction in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəˈrekSH(ə)n/


1The action or process of correcting something: I checked the typing for errors and sent it back for correction
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  • The key to this process is continuous correction of the output system by signals representing detected errors of the output, known as ‘negative feedback’.
  • It drove his boss and his junior editors insane when he dropped a 10 inch thick printed copy onto their desks with red marks and slashes all over the place for correction in the word processing system.
  • Surely neither need accuse the other of being seriously flawed because of some deficiency that is already in process of correction.
1.1A change that rectifies an error or inaccuracy: he made a few corrections to my homework
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  • Poll workers must immediately make corrections if errors are found.
  • I am very grateful to counsel for the many corrections of numerous inaccuracies.
  • It deals with facts rather than judgments; in journalistic usage, a correction sets right an inaccuracy.
1.2Used to introduce an amended version of something one has just said: after today—correction, she thought grimly, after tonight—she’d never see him again
1.3A quantity adjusting a numerical result to allow for a departure from standard conditions.
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  • Cholestane was the internal standard, and corrections were made for differences in detector response.
  • We use a standard correction for this underestimation, as follows.
  • This index allows a correction for the dilution effect.
1.4A temporary reversal in an overall trend of stock market prices, especially a brief fall during an overall increase: they’re still looking for the market to go up and believe we are just going through a correction
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  • If it were, and if we were to see a significant overall correction to world stock markets as a result, it would not necessarily signal the end to the good times.
  • Barring a recession or a major stock-market correction of high-tech stocks, Conway doesn't expect housing prices to fall.
  • Since March 2000 when markets started to fall, the correction across the US and Europe in stock market valuations has been quite dramatic.
1.5North American or dated Punishment, especially that of criminals in prison intended to rectify their behavior.
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  • Its prisons and correction facilities release convicted criminals when they have served their sentence.
  • The prison was then meant as punishment, not correction, the head of one of the six jails in the prison complex said.
  • This report helped to generate a great reform movement, substituting correction for punishment, at least in theory.


Middle English: via Old French from Latin correctio(n-), from corrigere 'make straight, bring into order' (see correct).

Words that rhyme with correction

abjection, affection, circumspection, collection, complexion, confection, connection, convection, defection, deflection, dejection, detection, direction, ejection, election, genuflection, imperfection, infection, inflection, injection, inspection, insurrection, interconnection, interjection, intersection, introspection, lection, misdirection, objection, perfection, predilection, projection, protection, refection, reflection, rejection, resurrection, retrospection, section, selection, subjection, transection, vivisection

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Syllabification: cor·rec·tion

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