- a supplement to a will, containing an addition, explanation, modification, etc., of something in the will.
- any supplement; appendix.
Origin of codicil
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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Examples from the Web for codicil
He wrote a letter to Morrissey suggesting a second codicil and pitching himself as the man to do it.
Unfortunately, Whitaker never got to discuss the third codicil with Mrs. Astor or see her sign it.
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
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
- law a supplement modifying a will or revoking some provision of it
- an additional provision; appendix
C15: from Late Latin cōdicillus, literally: a little book, diminutive of codex
Word Origin and History for codicil
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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