verb (used with object)

to edit or change (a text).
to free from faults or errors; correct.

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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British Dictionary definitions for emendable



(tr) to make corrections or improvements in (a text) by critical editing
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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