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codicil

[kod-uh-suh l] /ˈkɒd ə səl/
noun
1.
a supplement to a will, containing an addition, explanation, modification, etc., of something in the will.
2.
any supplement; appendix.
Origin of codicil
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Late Latin cōdicillus (in Latin, commonly in plural only), equivalent to Latin cōdic- (stem of cōdex) codex + -illus diminutive suffix
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  • The codicil was written and signed with the Admiral's own hand.

  • “I think I quite understand the nature of the codicil,” the solicitor said.

    The Nebuly Coat John Meade Falkner
  • But for nearly a week Moya added a codicil silently to her prayer.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • (Oct. 15) Adds a codicil to his will with a few alterations of bequests.

    Luca Signorelli

    Maud Cruttwell
  • I was goin' to take this to Ferret on my way home—and it's the codicil to my will, this is.

    The Giant's Robe F. Anstey
  • What the codicil is, my dear brethren, it is not our business to inquire.

    Roundabout Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
  • The question was whether he had been employed to make this codicil.

    Orley Farm

    Anthony Trollope
  • The body of the will was in the handwriting of the widow, as was also the codicil.

    Orley Farm

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for codicil

codicil

/ˈkɒdɪsɪl/
noun
1.
(law) a supplement modifying a will or revoking some provision of it
2.
an additional provision; appendix
Derived Forms
codicillary (ˌkɒdɪˈsɪlərɪ) adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin cōdicillus, literally: a little book, diminutive of codex
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Word Origin and History for codicil
n.

early 15c., from Middle French codicille, from Latin codicillus "a short writing, a small writing tablet," diminutive of codex (genitive codicis), see code (n.).

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