Meaning of “codicil” in the English Dictionary


"codicil" in English

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codicilnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkəʊ.dɪ.sɪl/ us /ˈkɑː.də.sɪl/ specialized

Examples from literature

  • A codicil in Goethe's will provides for their publication. 
  • A codicil, containing the bequest of the ring, with some further particulars regarding the charities, had been added a few days previous to the old man's death. 
  • Conquest and the formalities of law established the use of codicils. 

(Definition of “codicil” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"codicil" in Business English

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codicilnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkəʊdɪsɪl/ us

LAW an instruction which is added to a will (= document stating what should be done with a person's possessions after their death):

If she adds a codicil and leaves some of her assets to our children, will the inheritance tax liability be reduced?

(Definition of “codicil” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)