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verb (used with object)
  1. to edit or change (a text).
  2. to free from faults or errors; correct.
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Origin of emend

1375–1425; late Middle English (< Middle French emender) < Latin ēmendāre “to correct,” equivalent to ē- e-1 + mend(um) “fault” + -āre infinitive suffix
Related formse·mend·a·ble, adjectivenon·e·mend·a·ble, adjectiveun·e·mend·a·ble, adjectiveun·e·mend·ed, adjective

Synonym study

1, 2. See amend.
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Related Words for emendable

rectifiable, curable, amendable, corrigible, emendable, fixable, improvable, recoverable, redeemable, restorable

British Dictionary definitions for emendable


  1. (tr) to make corrections or improvements in (a text) by critical editing
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Derived Formsemendable, adjective

Word Origin for emend

C15: from Latin ēmendāre to correct, from ē- out + mendum a mistake
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Word Origin and History for emendable



c.1400, from Latin emendare "to free from fault," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + mendum (nominative menda) "fault, blemish" (see amend). Related: Emended; emending.

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