American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Law A supplement or appendix to a will.
- n. A supplement or appendix.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A writing by way of supplement to a will, and intended to be considered as a part of it, containing anything which the testator wishes to add, or a revocation or explanation of something contained in the will.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Law) A clause added to a will.
- n. a supplement to a will; a testamentary instrument intended to alter an already executed will
- Latin codicillus, diminutive of codex: compare French codicille. See code (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French codicille, from Latin cōdicillus, diminutive of cōdex, cōdic-, codex; see codex. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A vague sentence that committed him to nothing even if he lived especially as he was about to withdraw his claim for the bridge site, his one serious difficulty with the Corporation, and the codicil was a provision for his death.”
“But you may not know the codicil, which is that if you don't own a boat, all you get is a mouthful of salt water.”
“After signing what is called the codicil to his will, Captains Hardy and Blackwood joined him on the poop to receive his instructions.”
“The paper was a will, or, as I heard long after, a thing called a codicil -- a contrivance what you add to a will.”
“A codicil is a supplement or addition to a will, either explaining or altering former dispositions; it may be written on the same or separate paper, and is to be witnessed and attested in the same manner as the original document.”
“That signature to the codicil might be his or might not.”
“One of these days, over the Taiwan Straits or Central Asia, we will learn that eternal air superiority is not guaranteed to the United States as some kind of codicil to Manifest Destiny.”
“I reckon," he continued, solemnly, peering at the other from under his rusty hat-brim, "I reckon when you see him, maybe you'll want to put a kind of codicil to that deed to the 'Herald.”
“In September, 1764, he added a kind of codicil, wherein he made it his dying intreaty to his house-keeper, to whom he left 100_l_. "that all his manuscripts might be destroyed, as soon as he was dead, which would greatly oblige her deceased _friend_.”
“In September, 1764, he added a kind of codicil, wherein he made it his dying entreaty to his housekeeper, to whom he left 1,000 pounds, "that all his manuscripts might be destroyed as soon as he was dead, which would greatly oblige her deceased”
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