WORD ORIGIN noun an act or instance of modifying. the state of being modified; partial alteration. a modified form; variety. . Biology a change in a living organism acquired from its own activity or environment and not transmitted to its descendants. limitation or qualification. . Grammar the use of a modifier in a construction, or of modifiers in a class of constructions or in a language. the meaning of a modifier, especially as it affects the meaning of the word or other form modified: Limitation is one kind of modification. a change in the phonological shape of a morpheme, word, or other form when it functions as an element in a construction, as the change of not to -n't in doesn't. an adjustment in the form of a word as it passes from one language to another. Origin of modification 1495–1505;
), equivalent to
) (past participle of
-iōn- -ion Related forms in·ter·mod·i·fi·ca·tion, noun o·ver·mod·i·fi·ca·tion, noun pre·mod·i·fi·ca·tion, noun re·mod·i·fi·ca·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for premodification noun the act of modifying or the condition of being modified something modified; the result of a modification a small change or adjustment grammar the relation between a modifier and the word or phrase that it modifies Derived Forms modificatory or modificative, adjective
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Word Origin and History for premodification n.
c.1500, in philosophy, from Middle French
modification (14c.) and directly from Latin modificationem (nominative modificatio) "a measuring," noun of action from past participle stem of modificare (see modify). Meaning "alteration to an object to bring it up to date" is from 1774. Biological sense is attested by 1896.
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Medicine definitions for premodification modification [mŏd′ə-fĭ-kā ′shən] n. Any of the changes in an organism that are caused by environment or activity and are not genetically transmissable to offspring.
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Science definitions for premodification A change in an organism that results from external influences and cannot be inherited.
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