Definitions of alteration

  1. the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a garment) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another; "the change was intended to increase sales"; "this storm is certainly a change for the worse"; "the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the act of revising or altering (involving reconsideration and modification); "it would require a drastic revision of his opinion" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. The act of altering or making different. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The state of being altered; a change made in the form or nature of a thing; changed condition. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. A change of form or state; the act of making the change. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. 1. A change. 2. A changing, a making different. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  8. Change. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. Act of altering; change. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. The act or result of altering; modification; change. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. The act of altering; the change made. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. A varying in some way; a change. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. Variation; changing; making different. See ALTER. An alteration is an act done upon the instrument by which its meaning or language is changed. If what is written upon or erased from the instrument has no tendency to produce this result, or to mislead any person, it is not an alteration. Oliver v. Hawley, 5 Neb. 444. An alteration is said to be material when it affects, or may possibly affect, the rights of the persons interested in the document. Synonyms. An act done upon a written instrument, which, without destroying the identity of  the document, introduces some change into its terms, meaning, language, or details is an alteration. This may be done either by the mutual agreement of the parties concerned, or by a person interested under the writing without the consent, or without the knowledge, of the others. In either case it is properly denominated an alteration; but if performed by a mere stranger, it is more technically described as a spoliation or mutilation. Cochran v. Ne- beker, 48 Ind. 402. The term is not properly applied to any change which involves the substitution of a practically new document. And it should in strictness be reserved for the designation of changes in form or language, and not used with reference to modifications in matters of substance. The term is also to be distinguished from “defacement,” which conveys the idea of an obliteration or destruction of marks, signs, or characters already existing. An addition which does not change or interfere with the existing marks or signs, but gives a different tenor or significance to the whole, may be an alteration, but is not a defacement. Linney v. State, 6 Tex. 1, 55 Am. Dec. 756. Again, in the law of wills, there is a difference between revocation and alteration. If what is done simply takes away what was given before, or a part of it, it is a revocation ; but if it gives something in addition or in substitution, then it is an alteration. Appeal of Miles, 68 Conn. 237, 36 Atl. 39, 36 L. It. A. 176. thelawdictionary.org
  14. An act done upon an instrument in writing by a party entitled under it, without the consent of the other party, by which its meaning or language is changed; it imports some fraud or design on the part of him who made it. This differs from spoliation, which is the mutilation of the instrument by the act of a stranger. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  15. When an alteration has a tendency to mislead, by so changing the character of the instrument, it renders it void; but if the change has not such tendency, it will not be considered an alteration. 1 Greenl. Ev. 566. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  16. A spoliation, on the contrary, will not affect the legal character of the instrument, so long as the original writing remains legible; and, if it be a deed, any trace of the seal remains. 1 Greenl. Ev. 566. See Spoliation. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  17. This word is used in France to express any change which supervenes; for example, in the expression of the countenance or in the structure of an organ or in the nature of fluids excreted. Alteration is also used in an entirely different sense, to express intense thirst in disease. In this case its etymology is different. It comes from haleter, and was formerly written haleteration. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  18. n. Act of altering or state of being altered; - the change made. Cabinet Dictionary
  19. The act of altering or changing; the change made. Complete Dictionary