Meaning of CORRECTION in English


kəˈrekshən, rapid ˈkre- noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English correccion, from Middle French correction, from Latin correction-, correctio, from correctus (past participle of corrigere to make straight, correct) + -ion-, -io -ion — more at correct

1. : the action or an instance of correcting: as

a. : the action or an instance of remedying or removing error or defect : amendment , rectification

the correction of stream pollution by the treatment of sewage

correction of inaccuracies in accounting

b. : the act or an instance of calling attention to, reproving, or punishing faults or deviations from propriety or rectitude : rebuke

kept an iron potlid by him as a projectile for the correction of Mrs. Cruncher in case he should observe any symptoms of her saying grace — Charles Dickens

c. : the action or an instance of making that right which was wrong or of bringing into conformity with a standard

the correction of injustice

small frontier corrections were made by the conference of nations

d. : the action or an instance of counteracting or neutralizing something harmful or undesirable

correction of acidity

correction of visual defects with eyeglasses

e. : the action or an instance of adjusting or altering so as to produce a particular condition or result

correction of photographic lenses

f. : a reversal of an exaggerated trend in a market or industry ; especially : a decline in market price or in business activity following a protracted sharp rise


a. : something that is or should be substituted in place of what is wrong

mark corrections on an examination paper

specifically : an indication on a proof of a change to be made by the printer

b. : a quantity applied by way of correcting (as for inaccuracy in an instrument or of its adjustment) ; specifically : the quantity that must be algebraically added to the result of a measurement to obtain the correct value — compare error 5

3. : the treatment of offenders through a program involving penal custody, parole, and probation

disabilities from which the field of correction has suffered — Yale Law Journal

two prison wards under the Correction Department — New York Times

— often used in plural

training in the techniques of casework, probation and parole, and the general field of corrections — L.J.Sharp

the corrections worker who has the interest and courage to look at his own work objectively — C.C.Scott

- under correction

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.