When you fix a mistake, you make a correction, a change that rights a wrong. When you correct a misspelled word, you’ve made a correction. Well done! Correction also applies to punishment, which is another way to right a wrong.

A correction is an improvement or a revision when there's something that needs to be fixed. Newspapers issue corrections for previously printed errors, and a poorly written law might get the correction it needs after voters choose to amend it. Sometimes correction is also used to mean "punishment or discipline," and a correction or correctional facility is another word for jail. Correction can also mean "a drop in the value of a stock that was artificially high."

Definitions of correction
  1. noun
    the act of offering an improvement to replace a mistake; setting right
    synonyms: rectification
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    redress, remediation, remedy
    act of correcting an error or a fault or an evil
    the act of correcting for your wrongdoing
    compensation, recompense
    the act of compensating for service, loss, or injury
    the act of amending or correcting
    a correction by emending; a correction resulting from critical editing
    anything that remedies or heals or soothes
    an act of compensation for actual loss or damage or for trouble and annoyance
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    the act of improving something
  2. noun
    a quantity that is added or subtracted in order to increase the accuracy of a scientific measure
    synonyms: fudge factor
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    indefinite quantity
    an estimated quantity
  3. noun
    something substituted for an error
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    a correction made by erasing
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    editing, redaction
    putting something (as a literary work or a legislative bill) into acceptable form
  4. noun
    treatment of a specific defect
    “the correction of his vision with eye glasses”
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    fusion, spinal fusion
    correction of an unstable part of the spine by joining two or more vertebrae; usually done surgically but sometimes done by traction or immobilization
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    (medicine) the act of caring for someone (as by medication or remedial training etc.)
  5. noun
    the act of punishing
    synonyms: discipline
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    the act of slapping on the buttocks
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    penalisation, penalization, penalty, punishment, sanction
    the act of punishing
  6. noun
    a rebuke for making a mistake
    synonyms: chastening, chastisement
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    rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproof, reproval
    an act or expression of criticism and censure
  7. noun
    a drop in stock market activity or stock prices following a period of increases
    “market runups are invariably followed by a correction
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    dip, drop, fall, free fall
    a sudden sharp decrease in some quantity
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