modificative


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mod·i·fi·ca·tion

 (mŏd′ə-fĭ-kā′shən)
n.
1. The act or process of modifying or the condition of being modified.
2. A change or a result produced by modifying: new modifications in the car's design.
3. Linguistics
a. A change undergone by a word that is borrowed from another language.
b. A phonological change undergone by a word or morpheme when it is used in a construction, as the change of will to 'll in they'll.

mod′i·fi·ca′tor n.
mod′i·fi·ca′to·ry (-kā′tə-rē), mod′i·fi·ca′tive (-kā′tĭv) adj.
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(36.) Loi modificative portant execution de certaines dispositions du budget depose au Parlement le 22 fevrier 1994, L.C.
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