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alteration Line breaks: al¦ter|ation
Pronunciation: /ɔːltəˈreɪʃ(ə)n/

Definition of alteration in English:


[mass noun]
The action or process of altering or being altered: careful alteration of old buildings [count noun]: alterations had to be made
More example sentences
  • The only major alteration was the transformation of a poky shower room and toilet into an elegant pampering place.
  • Is it even remotely possible that there will be a grand macro change without significant micro alteration here?
  • Jung accepted that this course is never intractably fixed; it may at any time be subject to alteration.


Pronunciation: /ˈɔːltərətɪv/
Example sentences
  • Deborah Willis celebrates the alterative body of a black female body-builder: hard-muscled and tattooed, the woman's physical prowess is evident through the close-up of her contoured back and torso.
  • Amalaki is considered to be a Pitta rasayana, with astringent, stomachic, carminative, alterative, immunomodulant, adaptogenic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antipyretic, and trichogenous properties.
  • Medicines and herbs that are cooling, purging, laxative, antipyretic, alterative and blood detoxifying, cholagogic (releasing bile) are appropriate for treating Fire imbalances.


Late Middle English: from Old French, or from late Latin alteratio(n-), from the verb alterare (see alter).

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