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.

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French amendement. See amend, -ment

nonamendment, noun
proamendment, adjective
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amendment (əˈmɛndmənt)
1.  the act of amending; correction
2.  an addition, alteration, or improvement to a motion, document, etc

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c.1300, of persons, "correction, reformation," from O.Fr. amendment, from amender (see amend). Sense expanded to include "correction of error in a legal process" (c.1600); "alteration of a writ or bill" to remove its faults (1690s).
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in government and law, an addition or alteration made to a constitution, statute, or legislative bill or resolution. Amendments can be made to existing constitutions and statutes and are also commonly made to bills in the course of their passage through a legislature. Since amendments to a national constitution can fundamentally change a country's political system or governing institutions, such amendments are usually submitted to an exactly prescribed procedure

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Example sentences
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.
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