Definition of emendation in English:



mass noun
  • 1The process of making a revision or correction to a text.

    • ‘The minutes of last year's meeting in Victoria, BC, were accepted without emendation.’
    • ‘The theologian, however, could argue that there are instances which might validly call for emendation.’
    • ‘This necessitated some retrospective emendation of the original claims to make the new theory minimally plausible.’
    • ‘This scheme started from errors that prompted surgical pathology report emendation.’
    • ‘Textual criticism and emendation was the order of the day for scholars.’
    • ‘Edward Capell defined an acceptable emendation as one that 'improves the Author, or contributes to his advancement in perfectness'.’
    • ‘The emendation of this genus is based on new observations of its type.’
    • ‘No liberty, however, has been taken with the text, either in the way of emendation or addition or in rendering them into English.’
    • ‘Its chief value consists in the novel treatment of the metrical questions and their bearing on the emendation of the text.’
    • ‘But traditionally liberal education involved hard work in the shape of textual analysis and emendation.’
    • ‘State-Zionism is an ideology based on an absolute conviction, one impervious to history and experience, to emendation and to compromise.’
    • ‘It is a rough draft without revision or emendation.’
    • ‘Another principle of textual criticism which, thankfully, is not practised as frequently as it once was, is 'conjectural emendation'.’
    • ‘The topic starter also does not have the right to decide without possibility of emendation where the topic should go and stay.’
    • ‘This is a compilation of the essential characteristics of Mexicaprina as presented in the original description and subsequent emendation.’
    correction, rectification
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    1. 1.1count noun A correction or revision to a text.
      ‘here are some suggested emendations’
      • ‘Such emendations to the 'classics' on the part of famous conductors were once common practice.’
      • ‘Naturally, this critical simplification of mine calls for numerous emendations.’
      • ‘Finally there is the considerable group of emendations in the Centenary text that were introduced by the editor.’
      • ‘In that regard a slight emendation to footnote 16 on page 7 is needed, I believe.’
      • ‘Most of these editorial emendations, very few of which are supported by textual notes, would have been better left unmade.’
      • ‘If our readers can supply emendations or corrections, we would be pleased to receive them.’
      • ‘Churchill's clarifications and emendations, convincing or otherwise, are not likely to mollify his opponents.’
      • ‘This change also would necessitate emendations to some of the diagnoses for these higher level taxa.’
      • ‘An amusing instance of his classical emendations occurs in the text of Shakspeare.’
      • ‘Modernist scholars do not reject these tools, but they make two emendations.’
      • ‘Who among us would acknowledge that our best emendations are guesses?’
      • ‘Compositors often introduced changes in spelling and punctuation, and sometimes made substantive emendations as well.’
      • ‘The text itself is ancient, handicapped by scribal errors and emendations of hostile censors over the centuries.’
      • ‘Other emendations, while also worthwhile, consist more of refinements addressed to specialists than to general readers.’
      • ‘Square brackets indicate an emendation.’
      • ‘Such emendations have been kept as few as possible.’
      • ‘I will be grateful to receive emendations and further items.’
      • ‘Are his 688 emendations of the copy-text acceptable?’
      • ‘The textual apparatus records scribal alterations and editorial emendations as specified above.’
      • ‘About half of the 688 emendations of the copy-text incorporated in the Centenary text had first appeared in 1860.’