codicil

[kod-uh-suh l]

noun

a supplement to a will, containing an addition, explanation, modification, etc., of something in the will.
any supplement; appendix.

Nearby words

  1. codex,
  2. codex juris canonici,
  3. codfish,
  4. codger,
  5. codices,
  6. codicillary,
  7. codicology,
  8. codification,
  9. codify,
  10. coding

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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British Dictionary definitions for codicil

codicil

noun

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

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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