Definition of correction in English:


Line breaks: cor|rec¦tion
Pronunciation: /kəˈrɛkʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
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.
1.1 [count noun] A 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: I once dated a guy - correction - had one date with a guy
1.3 [count noun] A quantity adjusting a numerical result to allow for a departure from standard conditions: isotopic ratios are presented normalized to NBS SRM981 using a fractionation correction of 0.101% per a.m.u.
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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.
1.4North American or dated Punishment, especially that of criminals in prison intended to rectify their behaviour: the incompatibility of justice and correction as penal objectives has long been the major unsolved problem of penal practice
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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.
punishment, reform, reformation, discipline;
chastisement, castigation, admonition, reproof, reprimand


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

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