Definition of correction in English:



mass noun
  • 1The action or process of correcting something.

    ‘I checked the typing for errors and sent it back for correction’
    • ‘The key to this process is continuous correction of the output system by signals representing detected errors of the output, known as ‘negative feedback’.’
    • ‘Thinking leaves us open to correction and growth, to continuing to see our horizons expanded and our lives transformed.’
    • ‘The authors make one statement that needs correction.’
    • ‘There is no self-adjustment or correction - only augmentation.’
    • ‘Current premium levels will not cover anticipated losses without major correction.’
    • ‘I did some colour correction in the running sequence so that one of the streams didn't seem to have less cyan in it than the other two.’
    • ‘Efforts aimed at ensuring data collection, correction of data and technical errors as well as engaging in re-engineering of processes and procedures would continue, he added.’
    • ‘For if we are right, clearness of utterance forwards the cause of right; while if we are wrong, it ensures the speedy correction of error.’
    • ‘Furthermore, direct correction and coaching have very little effect, showing the important role of the child's own efforts.’
    • ‘But almost every film, commercial, pop promo and TV drama will undergo some form of colour correction, though often it's so subtle the audience isn't even aware of it.’
    • ‘A simplistic ‘we are right and they are wrong’ theology rules out self-reflection and correction.’
    • ‘It will then move on to digital cameras and photography, fashion and model photography, scanning, colour correction, photo and text special effects, computer practicals.’
    • ‘Each of us come to this world to achieve enlightenment, growth, correction and transformation.’
    • ‘To gather experiences by acting in constant attentiveness and openness to correction and further development, this is spiritual liveliness.’
    • ‘Surely neither need accuse the other of being seriously flawed because of some deficiency that is already in process of correction.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The system, while certainly not immune to boom and busts, at least had a mechanism of self-regulation and correction.’
    • ‘As the assessment is a continuous and integrative process, the student gets sufficient time for 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
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    1. 1.1count noun A change that rectifies an error or inaccuracy.
      ‘he made a few corrections to my homework’
      • ‘If someone with more knowledge in this area sees an error, I would be delighted to post a correction.’
      • ‘It deals with facts rather than judgments; in journalistic usage, a correction sets right an inaccuracy.’
      • ‘He then will improve on the cut for about a month after that - making little corrections and improvements.’
      • ‘John has sent me corrections and they have been incorporated into that day's entry within brackets.’
      • ‘Poll workers must immediately make corrections if errors are found.’
      • ‘The author of the article wishes to make the following corrections since publication.’
      • ‘It is totally acceptable to make corrections to errors or additions if some new information arises.’
      • ‘I gratefully acknowledge the corrections of errors by Poole and Black.’
      • ‘If you find an error, you are welcome to suggest a correction.’
      • ‘For starters, if an error is made, request a correction.’
      • ‘It was there that he first reflected on the spelling reforms and planned corrections to the translations of the sacred books.’
      • ‘For the record I welcome corrections as the only thing worse than being in error is remaining in error.’
      • ‘They didn't note that they had made such a correction, of course, because admitting error is beneath them.’
      • ‘It was dismissed on all grounds subject to minor alterations and corrections.’
      • ‘Even with these corrections, major changes need to occur to improve our health system and address the above problems.’
      • ‘We have adopted this policy to leave a trail of errors and corrections.’
      • ‘The correction of technical errors should clearly be part of professional standards of practice.’
      • ‘Errors in the original data were sometimes detected and corrections were made accordingly.’
      • ‘I am very grateful to counsel for the many corrections of numerous inaccuracies.’
      • ‘I made all the corrections and changes he wanted and took his advice very seriously so he came to trust me.’
      improvement, betterment, amelioration, refinement, rectification, rehabilitation
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    2. 1.2 Used to introduce an amended version of something one has just said.
      ‘I once dated a guy – correction – had one date with a guy’
    3. 1.3count 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’
      • ‘He also developed a widely used correction for multiple undetected changes in evolutionary base substitutions.’
      • ‘Cholestane was the internal standard, and corrections were made for differences in detector response.’
      • ‘Because the correction is a negative value, a binomial correction results in an overprediction for small numbers of parents.’
      • ‘In many similar cases, it has been possible to determine the actual transient absorption spectrum after correction for the stimulated emission.’
      • ‘In order to predict positions of the satellites, it was necessary to introduce a correction for the earth's motion - or the sun's motion, in the old astronomy.’
      • ‘The correction factor allows for the fact that not all the time saved goes into new productive uses of a worker's time.’
      • ‘It should be noted that Bonferroni corrections give an overly conservative result.’
      • ‘Using a continuity correction of 0.1 gave similar results.’
      • ‘One possibility for doing this would be to use a Bonferroni correction to adjust the threshold for each single-marker test.’
      • ‘This correction for the quantification of Ni in the presence of Mn and Co was necessary since Mn and Co also contributed to the overall measurement in the beta counter.’
      • ‘We present the results using both corrections, but note our conclusions do not change.’
      • ‘In the interim, corrections are estimated every so often from population growth estimates.’
      • ‘This correction adjusts the mean number of substitutions along a lineage without changing the average rate of evolution at a particular locus.’
      • ‘This index allows a correction for the dilution effect.’
      • ‘Greater complexity is not justified since there are large probable errors in elevation and terrain corrections in the cordillera.’
      • ‘Since this study did not focus on short-term dynamics of induction kinetics on a scale of seconds, correction was not made for the underestimation of peaks due to mixing in the cuvette as suggested by Pearcy et al..’
      • ‘P values reported are unadjusted for multiple comparisons, but the results stand after correction with the Bonferroni method.’
      • ‘Associated standard deviations include a variance correction factor to account for variability as a result of the imputation process.’
      • ‘We use a standard correction for this underestimation, as follows.’
      • ‘Suitable corrections for mass fractionation and other minor effects have been made.’
    4. 1.4North American 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’
      • ‘Its prisons and correction facilities release convicted criminals when they have served their sentence.’
      • ‘The couple is accused of killing a corrections officer in last week's brazen courthouse escape.’
      • ‘On the contrary, correction and rehabilitation were aimed at protecting the safety and security of the public.’
      • ‘This report helped to generate a great reform movement, substituting correction for punishment, at least in theory.’
      • ‘This bureau should shoulder the responsibility for all the criminal correction and criminal prevention affairs.’
      • ‘But they also need discipline in the negative sense of correction and punishment for wrongdoing.’
      • ‘Thus, by the early 1900s a type of correction - corporal punishment - once viewed as unambiguous was increasingly coming to be questioned.’
      • ‘The national average for corrections spending is less than one billion per year.’
      • ‘Rather than correction, punishment was the major purpose.’
      • ‘The prison was then meant as punishment, not correction, the head of one of the six jails in the prison complex said.’
      • ‘The nation has only one prison run by a state agency other than a corrections department.’
      punishment, reform, reformation, discipline
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Middle English: via Old French from Latin correctio(n-), from corrigere ‘make straight, bring into order’ (see correct).