Definition of correction in English:


Syllabification: cor·rec·tion
Pronunciation: /kəˈrekSHən


  • 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).

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