Definition of correction in English:

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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.
rectifying, rectification, righting, putting right, setting right, putting to rights, amendment, emendation, alteration, altering, adjustment, adjusting, modification, modifying, repair, remedy, resolution, revision, improvement, improving, amelioration, sorting out, clearing up
archaic reparation
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).

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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