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codicil

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Definition an instruction added to a will
  • She challenged the codicil.
  • She added a codicil instructing a pauper's funeral so even those funds would go to the foundation.
  • Faux agreed to his wife's views, and made a codicil to his will accordingly, in time to die with a clear conscience.
    George Eliot  --  Brother Jacob
  • He showed it me; but that is not all—there is a codicil, as I said just now.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The codicil, in favour of the Cathedral fund, had, unfortunately, never been added to the will.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • One codicil of the contract was if they had a working system I got to name it.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • She likes company, which is the real reason she had me draw up the fifteenth codicil to her will.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • "Yes, 'codicils', they call them."
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • I can make five codicils if I like, and I shall keep my bank-notes for a nest-egg.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • That was the last, indispensable codicil to the law.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Oedipa had been named also to execute the will in a codicil dated a year ago.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • There were codicils.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • The second was a codicil, of recent origin, maintaining the annuities to Mrs. Penniman and Mrs. Almond, but reducing Catherine's share to a fifth of what he had first bequeathed her.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • There was a sign over the counter saying that if you could cat two Yellow Sub Nightmares, you ate free; below that, in parentheses, the codicil IF YOU PUKE YOU PAY had been added.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • Now, I have only one thing more to say, you hammer-headed woman, and that is, that I haven't altogether made up my mind whether I might, or might not, have ever given you any trouble about the codicil.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Nobody present having any suggestion to offer in the remarkable emergency, Mrs. Gradgrind departed this life for the time being, after delivering the following codicil to her remarks already executed: 'As to the wedding, all I ask, Louisa, is, — and I ask it with a fluttering in my chest, which actually extends to the soles of my feet, — that it may take place soon.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • ...after all, a man must be a man, and a woman a woman; and as I am a man anyhow, which I can't deny, I will be one in my own house too, let who will take it amiss; and so there's nothing more to do but for your worship to make your will with its codicil in such a way that it can't be provoked, and let us set out at once, to save Senor Samson's soul from suffering, as he says his conscience obliges him to persuade your worship to sally out upon the world a third time; so I offer again to...
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • ...it, and added to it myself, and had more to put out almost every year, and it's to go and be sunk in other folks' furniture, and encourage 'em in luxury and extravagance as they've no means of supporting; and I'm to alter my will, or have a codicil made, and leave two or three hundred less behind me when I die,—me as have allays done right and been careful, and the eldest o' the family; and my money's to go and be squandered on them as have had the same chance as me, only they've been...
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • ...that effect; but the Institution, having been unfortunate enough, a few months before, to save the life of a poor relation to whom he paid a weekly allowance of three shillings and sixpence, he had, in a fit of very natural exasperation, revoked the bequest in a codicil, and left it all to Mr Godfrey Nickleby; with a special mention of his indignation, not only against the society for saving the poor relation's life, but against the poor relation also, for allowing himself to be saved.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • I could write my own Blue Book now and its rules and codicils would be my own.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline

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