Definition of emendation in English:



  • 1The process of making a revision or correction to a text.

    • ‘State-Zionism is an ideology based on an absolute conviction, one impervious to history and experience, to emendation and to compromise.’
    • ‘But traditionally liberal education involved hard work in the shape of textual analysis and emendation.’
    • ‘No liberty, however, has been taken with the text, either in the way of emendation or addition or in rendering them into English.’
    • ‘Edward Capell defined an acceptable emendation as one that 'improves the Author, or contributes to his advancement in perfectness'.’
    • ‘The topic starter also does not have the right to decide without possibility of emendation where the topic should go and stay.’
    • ‘The minutes of last year's meeting in Victoria, BC, were accepted without emendation.’
    • ‘Another principle of textual criticism which, thankfully, is not practised as frequently as it once was, is 'conjectural emendation'.’
    • ‘The emendation of this genus is based on new observations of its type.’
    • ‘This necessitated some retrospective emendation of the original claims to make the new theory minimally plausible.’
    • ‘The theologian, however, could argue that there are instances which might validly call for emendation.’
    • ‘Textual criticism and emendation was the order of the day for scholars.’
    • ‘This scheme started from errors that prompted surgical pathology report emendation.’
    • ‘Its chief value consists in the novel treatment of the metrical questions and their bearing on the emendation of the text.’
    • ‘It is a rough draft without revision or emendation.’
    • ‘This is a compilation of the essential characteristics of Mexicaprina as presented in the original description and subsequent emendation.’
    correction, rectification
    improvement, improving, enhancement, enhancing, polishing, refinement, refining, clarification
    editing, alteration, rewriting, revision, copy-editing, subediting, amendment, modification
    redrafting, recasting, rephrasing, rewording, reworking
    expurgation, redaction, censorship, censoring, bowdlerization
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    1. 1.1A correction or revision to a text.
      ‘here are some suggested emendations’
      • ‘The text itself is ancient, handicapped by scribal errors and emendations of hostile censors over the centuries.’
      • ‘Naturally, this critical simplification of mine calls for numerous emendations.’
      • ‘In that regard a slight emendation to footnote 16 on page 7 is needed, I believe.’
      • ‘If our readers can supply emendations or corrections, we would be pleased to receive them.’
      • ‘The textual apparatus records scribal alterations and editorial emendations as specified above.’
      • ‘Such emendations to the 'classics' on the part of famous conductors were once common practice.’
      • ‘Such emendations have been kept as few as possible.’
      • ‘About half of the 688 emendations of the copy-text incorporated in the Centenary text had first appeared in 1860.’
      • ‘Other emendations, while also worthwhile, consist more of refinements addressed to specialists than to general readers.’
      • ‘Who among us would acknowledge that our best emendations are guesses?’
      • ‘Finally there is the considerable group of emendations in the Centenary text that were introduced by the editor.’
      • ‘Modernist scholars do not reject these tools, but they make two emendations.’
      • ‘Square brackets indicate an emendation.’
      • ‘I will be grateful to receive emendations and further items.’
      • ‘Compositors often introduced changes in spelling and punctuation, and sometimes made substantive emendations as well.’
      • ‘Most of these editorial emendations, very few of which are supported by textual notes, would have been better left unmade.’
      • ‘This change also would necessitate emendations to some of the diagnoses for these higher level taxa.’
      • ‘Are his 688 emendations of the copy-text acceptable?’
      • ‘An amusing instance of his classical emendations occurs in the text of Shakspeare.’
      • ‘Churchill's clarifications and emendations, convincing or otherwise, are not likely to mollify his opponents.’