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 for alteration
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Alteration \Al`ter*a"tion\, n. [Cf. F. alt['e]ration.]
     1. The act of altering or making different.
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              Alteration, though it be from worse to better, hath
              in it incoveniences.                  --Hooker.
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     2. The state of being altered; a change made in the form or
        nature of a thing; changed condition.
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              Ere long might perceive
              Strange alteration in me.             --Milton.
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              Appius Claudius admitted to the senate the sons of
              those who had been slaves; by which, and succeeding
              alterations, that council degenerated into a most
              corrupt.                              --Swift.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  alteration
      n 1: 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" [syn: change, alteration,
           modification]
      2: the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a
         garment) [syn: alteration, modification, adjustment]
      3: the act of revising or altering (involving reconsideration
         and modification); "it would require a drastic revision of
         his opinion" [syn: revision, alteration]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  94 Moby Thesaurus words for "alteration":
     about-face, accommodation, adaptation, adjustment, amelioration,
     analysis, anatomization, apostasy, atomization, betterment, break,
     change, change of heart, changeableness, changeover,
     constructive change, continuity, conversion, defection,
     degeneration, degenerative change, demarcation, desynonymization,
     deterioration, deviation, difference, differencing,
     differentiation, discontinuity, discrimination, disequalization,
     disjunction, distinction, distinguishment, divergence,
     diversification, diversion, diversity, division, fitting,
     flip-flop, fluctuation, gradual change, improvement,
     individualization, individuation, melioration, metamorphosis,
     mitigation, modification, modulation, mutation, overthrow,
     particularization, passage, personalization, qualification,
     radical change, re-creation, realignment, redesign, reform,
     reformation, remaking, renewal, reshaping, restructuring, reversal,
     revision, revival, revivification, revolution, segregation,
     separation, severalization, severance, shift, shilly-shally,
     specialization, sudden change, switch, total change,
     transformation, transit, transition, turn, turnabout, upheaval,
     vacillation, variation, variety, violent change, wavering,
     worsening
  
  

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