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[ee-muh n-dey-shuh n, em-uh n-]
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  1. a correction or change, as of a text.
  2. the act of emending.
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Origin of emendation

1530–40; < Latin ēmendātiōn- (stem of ēmendātiō), equivalent to ēmendāt(us) (see emendate) + -iōn- -ion
Related formse·men·da·to·ry [ih-men-duh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪˈmɛn dəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectivenon·e·men·da·tion, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Moreover, it would have been easy, to supply the emendation.

    A Theological-Political Treatise [Part II]

    Benedict of Spinoza

  • The one fault you found is just: but I cannot please myself in an emendation.

  • There does not seem any reason for Tyrrell's emendation of num for nam.

    The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1

    Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • With him, the work of revision and emendation was never finished.

    Style in Singing

    W. E. Haslam

  • Not that quite; but, rather, a question of emendation and revision.

British Dictionary definitions for emendation


  1. a correction or improvement in a text
  2. the act or process of emending
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Derived Formsemendator, nounemendatory (ɪˈmɛndətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective
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Word Origin and History for emendation


mid-15c., of ways of life; 17c., of texts; from Latin emendationem (nominative emendatio), noun of action from past participle stem of emendare (see emend).

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