Definition of emendation in English:


Pronunciation: /ˌemənˈdāSHən//ˌēmənˈdāSHən/


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

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