[ kod-uh-suh l ]
/ ˈkɒd ə səl /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for codicil


/ (ˈkɒdɪsɪl) /


law a supplement modifying a will or revoking some provision of it
an additional provision; appendix
Derived Formscodicillary (ˌkɒdɪˈsɪlərɪ), adjective

Word Origin for codicil

C15: from Late Latin cōdicillus, literally: a little book, diminutive of codex
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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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