Definition of correction in US English:



  • 1The action or process of correcting something.

    ‘I checked the typing for errors and sent it back for correction’
    • ‘Each of us come to this world to achieve enlightenment, growth, correction and transformation.’
    • ‘The key to this process is continuous correction of the output system by signals representing detected errors of the output, known as ‘negative feedback’.’
    • ‘A simplistic ‘we are right and they are wrong’ theology rules out self-reflection and correction.’
    • ‘To gather experiences by acting in constant attentiveness and openness to correction and further development, this is spiritual liveliness.’
    • ‘There is no self-adjustment or correction - only augmentation.’
    • ‘It will then move on to digital cameras and photography, fashion and model photography, scanning, colour correction, photo and text special effects, computer practicals.’
    • ‘Thinking leaves us open to correction and growth, to continuing to see our horizons expanded and our lives transformed.’
    • ‘As the assessment is a continuous and integrative process, the student gets sufficient time for 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Surely neither need accuse the other of being seriously flawed because of some deficiency that is already in process of correction.’
    • ‘The authors make one statement that needs correction.’
    • ‘Current premium levels will not cover anticipated losses without major correction.’
    • ‘The system, while certainly not immune to boom and busts, at least had a mechanism of self-regulation and correction.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Furthermore, direct correction and coaching have very little effect, showing the important role of the child's own efforts.’
    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. 1.1 A change that rectifies an error or inaccuracy.
      ‘he made a few corrections to my homework’
      • ‘It deals with facts rather than judgments; in journalistic usage, a correction sets right an inaccuracy.’
      • ‘For starters, if an error is made, request a correction.’
      • ‘The author of the article wishes to make the following corrections since publication.’
      • ‘I made all the corrections and changes he wanted and took his advice very seriously so he came to trust me.’
      • ‘Errors in the original data were sometimes detected and corrections were made accordingly.’
      • ‘They didn't note that they had made such a correction, of course, because admitting error is beneath them.’
      • ‘Even with these corrections, major changes need to occur to improve our health system and address the above problems.’
      • ‘I am very grateful to counsel for the many corrections of numerous inaccuracies.’
      • ‘Poll workers must immediately make corrections if errors are found.’
      • ‘It is totally acceptable to make corrections to errors or additions if some new information arises.’
      • ‘For the record I welcome corrections as the only thing worse than being in error is remaining in error.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We have adopted this policy to leave a trail of errors and corrections.’
      • ‘It was dismissed on all grounds subject to minor alterations and corrections.’
      • ‘If someone with more knowledge in this area sees an error, I would be delighted to post a correction.’
      • ‘I gratefully acknowledge the corrections of errors by Poole and Black.’
      • ‘If you find an error, you are welcome to suggest a correction.’
      • ‘It was there that he first reflected on the spelling reforms and planned corrections to the translations of the sacred books.’
      • ‘The correction of technical errors should clearly be part of professional standards of practice.’
      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.
      ‘after today—correction, she thought grimly, after tonight—she'd never see him again’
    3. 1.3 A quantity adjusting a numerical result to allow for a departure from standard conditions.
      • ‘Cholestane was the internal standard, and corrections were made for differences in detector response.’
      • ‘The correction factor allows for the fact that not all the time saved goes into new productive uses of a worker's time.’
      • ‘Greater complexity is not justified since there are large probable errors in elevation and terrain corrections in the cordillera.’
      • ‘He also developed a widely used correction for multiple undetected changes in evolutionary base substitutions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It should be noted that Bonferroni corrections give an overly conservative result.’
      • ‘Because the correction is a negative value, a binomial correction results in an overprediction for small numbers of parents.’
      • ‘Using a continuity correction of 0.1 gave similar results.’
      • ‘Suitable corrections for mass fractionation and other minor effects have been made.’
      • ‘We present the results using both corrections, but note our conclusions do not change.’
      • ‘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..’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘P values reported are unadjusted for multiple comparisons, but the results stand after correction with the Bonferroni method.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We use a standard correction for this underestimation, as follows.’
      • ‘In many similar cases, it has been possible to determine the actual transient absorption spectrum after correction for the stimulated emission.’
      • ‘In the interim, corrections are estimated every so often from population growth estimates.’
      • ‘Associated standard deviations include a variance correction factor to account for variability as a result of the imputation process.’
      • ‘One possibility for doing this would be to use a Bonferroni correction to adjust the threshold for each single-marker test.’
    4. 1.4 A temporary reversal in an overall trend of stock market prices, especially a brief fall during an overall increase.
      ‘they're still looking for the market to go up and believe we are just going through a correction’
      • ‘Brass ingot makers also are trying to keep inventories at a minimum as the market remains gripped by the nervousness of many market players anticipating a price correction.’
      • ‘We hope the next house will be something we can grow with and hold onto for a good 10-15 years, so maybe any temporary market correction is moot.’
      • ‘So while stock prices may escape a serious correction and the overall job numbers are improving, the average voter is unlikely to feel the improvement in the pocketbook.’
      • ‘If it were, and if we were to see a significant overall correction to world stock markets as a result, it would not necessarily signal the end to the good times.’
      • ‘But he says that's not the same as an overall correction.’
      • ‘This prudent lending resulted in a sensible correction of the market and avoided the problem of significant oversupply occurring in the main property sectors.’
      • ‘Rallies and corrections are the patterns that come together to create a market move.’
      • ‘Since March 2000 when markets started to fall, the correction across the US and Europe in stock market valuations has been quite dramatic.’
      • ‘The biggest challenge ahead for Japan's online brokers is their ability to survive a significant stock market correction.’
      • ‘This will likely result in a second correction that synchronizes capital investment and demand into a sustainable productivity phase starting in the second half of 2002.’
      • ‘He also says a correction in prices of 10 or 20 percent would have to be sustained for the trend to be broken.’
      • ‘Barring a recession or a major stock-market correction of high-tech stocks, Conway doesn't expect housing prices to fall.’
      • ‘I believe that once we get through the painful correction process of the excess and the bubble, communications will be a bigger part of the total GNP or GDP in five years than it is today.’
      • ‘Secondly, any softening in oil prices could quickly dampen the enthusiasm of oil speculators, triggering their mass exodus and this could result in a swift correction of prices.’
      • ‘But that great show of strength almost surely points to a longer and deeper correction process in the years ahead.’
      • ‘When it announced its interest rate cut last week the Fed made clear it was not simply the result of an inventory correction that would quickly come to a close, but pointed to more fundamental tendencies.’
      • ‘He believes that exchange rate stability has partially resulted from a correction of the overshooting in valuation of the dollar following the pound's depreciation in 2003.’
      • ‘However, we are not looking towards a long period of house price falls or a sharp correction in the market.’
      • ‘Small movements would only represent a short-term trend or a market correction.’
      • ‘Despite recent corrections, valuations in Hong Kong still don't reflect the economic backdrop.’
    5. 1.5North American dated Punishment, especially that of criminals in prison intended to rectify their behavior.
      • ‘The couple is accused of killing a corrections officer in last week's brazen courthouse escape.’
      • ‘This bureau should shoulder the responsibility for all the criminal correction and criminal prevention affairs.’
      • ‘On the contrary, correction and rehabilitation were aimed at protecting the safety and security of the public.’
      • ‘Rather than correction, punishment was the major purpose.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But they also need discipline in the negative sense of correction and punishment for wrongdoing.’
      • ‘The nation has only one prison run by a state agency other than a corrections department.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This report helped to generate a great reform movement, substituting correction for punishment, at least in theory.’
      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).