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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.
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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British Dictionary definitions for amendments


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



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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Encyclopedia Article for amendments


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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