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Dictionary Definition

corrigendum n : a printer's error; to be corrected [also: corrigenda (pl)]

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Latin corrigendum nominative future passive of corrigere ("to correct").


  1. An error in a printed work that is corrected after it has been printed by inclusion of a separate page of corrections, known as an errata page.


Extensive Definition

Erratum or corrigendum (plurals: errata, corrigenda) is a correction of a book. Errata are most commonly issued shortly after the original text was published. Patches to security issues in a computer program are also sometimes called errata. As a general rule, publishers issue an erratum for a production error (i.e. an error introduced during the publishing process) and a corrigendum for an author's error.

Errata sheets

An errata sheet is a common method of post-production editing in which the errors left in the produced copy are outlined on a sheet of paper bound into the book. This is a common method by which large works are "edited"; i.e. if the volume would cost too much and/or be too cumbersome to correct internally, this is an acceptable method by which one might edit the work.
It should be noted that errata sheets should only outline minor errors within a work (e.g. misspellings, improper punctuation and the like). If a major error in the construction of a sentence occurs, or if the construction is such that the sentence is ambiguous or confusing, this must be corrected within the work.

Meanings in a non-editorial context

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corrigendum in Czech: Erratum
corrigendum in Spanish: Errata
corrigendum in Hebrew: אראטה
corrigendum in Dutch: Erratum
corrigendum in Japanese: 正誤表
corrigendum in Norwegian: Errata
corrigendum in Polish: Errata
corrigendum in Swedish: Rättelse (bok)
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