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[uh-mend-muh nt] /əˈmɛnd mənt/
the act of amending or the state of being amended.
an alteration of or addition to a motion, bill, constitution, etc.
a change made by correction, addition, or deletion:
The editors made few amendments to the manuscript.
Horticulture. a soil-conditioning substance that promotes plant growth indirectly by improving such soil qualities as porosity, moisture retention, and pH balance.
Origin of amendment
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French amendement. See amend, -ment
Related forms
nonamendment, noun
proamendment, adjective
reamendment, noun
self-amendment, noun Unabridged
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  • However, interpretations of the amendment often vary.
  • The amendment changes the constitution in two main ways.
  • For the most part, hurtful words are protected by the first amendment.
  • Aides say he plans to submit an amendment to the census appropriation bill soon.
  • Satterfield, speaking in favor of the amendment, declared that it removed one of the major objections to the report.
  • Mr Burr's amendment would change this policy.
  • The House voted to adopt the amendment by a vote of 96 to 56.
  • The paragraph is then open to debate and amendment.
  • It is time for a constitutional amendment on campaign finance.
  • Those in favor of the amendment say aye; those opposed say no.
British Dictionary definitions for amendment


the act of amending; correction
an addition, alteration, or improvement to a motion, document, etc
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Word Origin and History for amendment

early 13c., "betterment, improvement;" c.1300, of persons, "correction, reformation," from Old French amendment, from amender (see amend). Sense expanded to include "correction of error in a legal process" (c.1600) and "alteration of a writ or bill" to remove its faults (1690s).

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