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  • 1The action or process of correcting something.

    ‘I checked the typing for errors and sent it back for correction’
    • ‘The key to this process is continuous correction of the output system by signals representing detected errors of the output, known as ‘negative feedback’.’
    • ‘It drove his boss and his junior editors insane when he dropped a 10 inch thick printed copy onto their desks with red marks and slashes all over the place for correction in the word processing system.’
    • ‘Surely neither need accuse the other of being seriously flawed because of some deficiency that is already in process of correction.’
    • ‘For if we are right, clearness of utterance forwards the cause of right; while if we are wrong, it ensures the speedy correction of error.’
    • ‘It will then move on to digital cameras and photography, fashion and model photography, scanning, colour correction, photo and text special effects, computer practicals.’
    • ‘But almost every film, commercial, pop promo and TV drama will undergo some form of colour correction, though often it's so subtle the audience isn't even aware of it.’
    • ‘I did some colour correction in the running sequence so that one of the streams didn't seem to have less cyan in it than the other two.’
    • ‘Each of us come to this world to achieve enlightenment, growth, correction and transformation.’
    • ‘The authors make one statement that needs correction.’
    • ‘As the assessment is a continuous and integrative process, the student gets sufficient time for correction.’
    • ‘Efforts aimed at ensuring data collection, correction of data and technical errors as well as engaging in re-engineering of processes and procedures would continue, he added.’
    • ‘Furthermore, direct correction and coaching have very little effect, showing the important role of the child's own efforts.’
    • ‘To gather experiences by acting in constant attentiveness and openness to correction and further development, this is spiritual liveliness.’
    • ‘Current premium levels will not cover anticipated losses without major correction.’
    • ‘There is no self-adjustment or correction - only augmentation.’
    • ‘A simplistic ‘we are right and they are wrong’ theology rules out self-reflection and correction.’
    • ‘The system, while certainly not immune to boom and busts, at least had a mechanism of self-regulation and correction.’
    • ‘Thinking leaves us open to correction and growth, to continuing to see our horizons expanded and our lives transformed.’
    rectifying, rectification, righting, putting right, setting right, putting to rights, amendment, emendation, alteration, altering, adjustment, adjusting, modification, modifying, repair, remedy, resolution, revision, improvement, improving, amelioration, sorting out, clearing up
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    1. 1.1A change that rectifies an error or inaccuracy.
      ‘he made a few corrections to my homework’
      • ‘Poll workers must immediately make corrections if errors are found.’
      • ‘I am very grateful to counsel for the many corrections of numerous inaccuracies.’
      • ‘It deals with facts rather than judgments; in journalistic usage, a correction sets right an inaccuracy.’
      • ‘It is totally acceptable to make corrections to errors or additions if some new information arises.’
      • ‘I gratefully acknowledge the corrections of errors by Poole and Black.’
      • ‘We have adopted this policy to leave a trail of errors and corrections.’
      • ‘Even with these corrections, major changes need to occur to improve our health system and address the above problems.’
      • ‘The correction of technical errors should clearly be part of professional standards of practice.’
      • ‘It was there that he first reflected on the spelling reforms and planned corrections to the translations of the sacred books.’
      • ‘For the record I welcome corrections as the only thing worse than being in error is remaining in error.’
      • ‘For starters, if an error is made, request a correction.’
      • ‘They didn't note that they had made such a correction, of course, because admitting error is beneath them.’
      • ‘If someone with more knowledge in this area sees an error, I would be delighted to post a correction.’
      • ‘He then will improve on the cut for about a month after that - making little corrections and improvements.’
      • ‘I made all the corrections and changes he wanted and took his advice very seriously so he came to trust me.’
      • ‘It was dismissed on all grounds subject to minor alterations and corrections.’
      • ‘Errors in the original data were sometimes detected and corrections were made accordingly.’
      • ‘If you find an error, you are welcome to suggest a correction.’
      • ‘John has sent me corrections and they have been incorporated into that day's entry within brackets.’
      • ‘The author of the article wishes to make the following corrections since publication.’
      improvement, betterment, amelioration, refinement, rectification, correction, rehabilitation
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    2. 1.2Used to introduce an amended version of something one has just said.
      • ‘after today—correction, she thought grimly, after tonight—she'd never see him again’
    3. 1.3A quantity adjusting a numerical result to allow for a departure from standard conditions.
      ‘isotopic ratios are presented normalized to NBS SRM981 using a fractionation correction of 0.101% per a.m.u’
      • ‘Cholestane was the internal standard, and corrections were made for differences in detector response.’
      • ‘We use a standard correction for this underestimation, as follows.’
      • ‘This index allows a correction for the dilution effect.’
      • ‘We present the results using both corrections, but note our conclusions do not change.’
      • ‘P values reported are unadjusted for multiple comparisons, but the results stand after correction with the Bonferroni method.’
      • ‘This correction adjusts the mean number of substitutions along a lineage without changing the average rate of evolution at a particular locus.’
      • ‘One possibility for doing this would be to use a Bonferroni correction to adjust the threshold for each single-marker test.’
      • ‘Because the correction is a negative value, a binomial correction results in an overprediction for small numbers of parents.’
      • ‘The correction factor allows for the fact that not all the time saved goes into new productive uses of a worker's time.’
      • ‘Suitable corrections for mass fractionation and other minor effects have been made.’
      • ‘This correction for the quantification of Ni in the presence of Mn and Co was necessary since Mn and Co also contributed to the overall measurement in the beta counter.’
      • ‘Associated standard deviations include a variance correction factor to account for variability as a result of the imputation process.’
      • ‘It should be noted that Bonferroni corrections give an overly conservative result.’
      • ‘Using a continuity correction of 0.1 gave similar results.’
      • ‘Since this study did not focus on short-term dynamics of induction kinetics on a scale of seconds, correction was not made for the underestimation of peaks due to mixing in the cuvette as suggested by Pearcy et al..’
      • ‘In many similar cases, it has been possible to determine the actual transient absorption spectrum after correction for the stimulated emission.’
      • ‘He also developed a widely used correction for multiple undetected changes in evolutionary base substitutions.’
      • ‘In the interim, corrections are estimated every so often from population growth estimates.’
      • ‘Greater complexity is not justified since there are large probable errors in elevation and terrain corrections in the cordillera.’
      • ‘In order to predict positions of the satellites, it was necessary to introduce a correction for the earth's motion - or the sun's motion, in the old astronomy.’
    4. 1.4A temporary reversal in an overall trend of stock market prices, especially a brief fall during an overall increase.
      ‘they're still looking for the market to go up and believe we are just going through a correction’
      • ‘If it were, and if we were to see a significant overall correction to world stock markets as a result, it would not necessarily signal the end to the good times.’
      • ‘Barring a recession or a major stock-market correction of high-tech stocks, Conway doesn't expect housing prices to fall.’
      • ‘Since March 2000 when markets started to fall, the correction across the US and Europe in stock market valuations has been quite dramatic.’
      • ‘So while stock prices may escape a serious correction and the overall job numbers are improving, the average voter is unlikely to feel the improvement in the pocketbook.’
      • ‘However, we are not looking towards a long period of house price falls or a sharp correction in the market.’
      • ‘The biggest challenge ahead for Japan's online brokers is their ability to survive a significant stock market correction.’
      • ‘Brass ingot makers also are trying to keep inventories at a minimum as the market remains gripped by the nervousness of many market players anticipating a price correction.’
      • ‘Small movements would only represent a short-term trend or a market correction.’
      • ‘But he says that's not the same as an overall correction.’
      • ‘He also says a correction in prices of 10 or 20 percent would have to be sustained for the trend to be broken.’
      • ‘We hope the next house will be something we can grow with and hold onto for a good 10-15 years, so maybe any temporary market correction is moot.’
      • ‘I believe that once we get through the painful correction process of the excess and the bubble, communications will be a bigger part of the total GNP or GDP in five years than it is today.’
      • ‘But that great show of strength almost surely points to a longer and deeper correction process in the years ahead.’
      • ‘Despite recent corrections, valuations in Hong Kong still don't reflect the economic backdrop.’
      • ‘This will likely result in a second correction that synchronizes capital investment and demand into a sustainable productivity phase starting in the second half of 2002.’
      • ‘When it announced its interest rate cut last week the Fed made clear it was not simply the result of an inventory correction that would quickly come to a close, but pointed to more fundamental tendencies.’
      • ‘This prudent lending resulted in a sensible correction of the market and avoided the problem of significant oversupply occurring in the main property sectors.’
      • ‘He believes that exchange rate stability has partially resulted from a correction of the overshooting in valuation of the dollar following the pound's depreciation in 2003.’
      • ‘Secondly, any softening in oil prices could quickly dampen the enthusiasm of oil speculators, triggering their mass exodus and this could result in a swift correction of prices.’
      • ‘Rallies and corrections are the patterns that come together to create a market move.’
    5. 1.5North American dated Punishment, especially that of criminals in prison intended to rectify their behavior.
      ‘the incompatibility of justice and correction as penal objectives has long been the major unsolved problem of penal practice’
      • ‘Its prisons and correction facilities release convicted criminals when they have served their sentence.’
      • ‘The prison was then meant as punishment, not correction, the head of one of the six jails in the prison complex said.’
      • ‘This report helped to generate a great reform movement, substituting correction for punishment, at least in theory.’
      • ‘Thus, by the early 1900s a type of correction - corporal punishment - once viewed as unambiguous was increasingly coming to be questioned.’
      • ‘But they also need discipline in the negative sense of correction and punishment for wrongdoing.’
      • ‘This bureau should shoulder the responsibility for all the criminal correction and criminal prevention affairs.’
      • ‘Rather than correction, punishment was the major purpose.’
      • ‘On the contrary, correction and rehabilitation were aimed at protecting the safety and security of the public.’
      • ‘The couple is accused of killing a corrections officer in last week's brazen courthouse escape.’
      • ‘The nation has only one prison run by a state agency other than a corrections department.’
      • ‘The national average for corrections spending is less than one billion per year.’
      punishment, reform, reformation, discipline
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/kəˈrekSH(ə)n/ /kəˈrɛkʃ(ə)n/


Middle English via Old French from Latin correctio(n-), from corrigere ‘make straight, bring into order’ (see correct).