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

  Modification \Mod`i*fi*ca"tion\, n. [L. modificatio a measuring:
     cf. F. modification. See Modify.]
     1. The act of modifying, or the state of being modified; a
        change; as, the modification of an opinion, or of a
        machine. --Bentley.
  
     Syn: change, alteration, adjustment.
          [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Something which has been modified; a modified form or
        condition; state as modified; as, the various
        modifications of light; the latest modification of the
        operating system crashes less frequently.
  
     Syn: model[8].
          [1913 Webster +PJC]
  
     3. (Gram.) The alteration of the meaning of a word or phrase
        by another word or phrase; -- usually a restriction of the
        scope of the word modified; as, in the phrase "a billion
        dollars is a relatively small sum to spend on cancer
        research" the modification of small by relatively is
        needed to make the sentence accurate, rather than
        ludicrous.
        [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  modification
      n 1: the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of
           a garment) [syn: alteration, modification,
           adjustment]
      2: slightly modified copy; not an exact copy; "a modification of
         last year's model"
      3: the grammatical relation that exists when a word qualifies
         the meaning of the phrase [syn: modification, qualifying,
         limiting]
      4: 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]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  176 Moby Thesaurus words for "modification":
     about-face, accommodation, adaptation, adjustment, allophone,
     allowance, alteration, alveolar, amelioration, analysis,
     anatomization, apico-alveolar, apico-dental, apostasy,
     articulation, aspiration, assimilation, atomization, betterment,
     bilabial, break, cacuminal, cerebral, cession, change,
     change of heart, changeableness, check, circumscription,
     concession, consonant, constructive change, continuant, continuity,
     conversion, defection, degeneration, degenerative change,
     demarcation, dental, desynonymization, deterioration, deviation,
     difference, differencing, differentiation, diphthong,
     discontinuity, discrimination, disequalization, disjunction,
     dissimilation, distinction, distinguishment, divergence,
     diversification, diversion, diversity, division, epenthetic vowel,
     exception, exemption, explosive, extenuating circumstances,
     fitting, flip-flop, glide, glottal, glottalization, gradual change,
     grain of salt, grant, guttural, hedge, hedging, improvement,
     individualization, individuation, labial, labialization,
     labiodental, labiovelar, laryngeal, lateral, limitation, lingual,
     liquid, manner of articulation, melioration, mental reservation,
     metamorphosis, mitigation, modulation, monophthong, morphophoneme,
     mutation, mute, nasal, occlusive, overthrow, palatal,
     parasitic vowel, particularization, peak, personalization,
     pharyngeal, pharyngealization, phone, phoneme, plosive,
     prothetic vowel, qualification, radical change, re-creation,
     realignment, redesign, reform, reformation, remaking, renewal,
     reservation, reshaping, restriction, restructuring, retroflex,
     reversal, revival, revivification, revolution, salvo,
     segmental phoneme, segregation, semivowel, separation,
     severalization, severance, shift, sonant, sonority, special case,
     special treatment, specialization, specialness, specification,
     speech sound, stop, sudden change, surd, switch, syllabic nucleus,
     syllabic peak, syllable, tempering, total change, transformation,
     transition, transition sound, transmogrification, triphthong, turn,
     turnabout, upheaval, variation, variety, velar, violent change,
     vocable, vocalic, vocoid, voice, voiced sound, voiceless sound,
     voicing, vowel, waiver, worsening
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  MODIFICATION. A change; as the modification of a contract. This may take 
  place at the time of making the contract by a condition, which shall have 
  that effect; for example, if I sell you one thousand bushels of corn, upon 
  condition that any crop shall produce that much, and it produces only eight 
  hundred bushels, the contract is modified, it is for eight hundred bushels, 
  and no more. 
       2. It may be modified by the consent of both parties, after it has been 
  made. See 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 733. 
  
  

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