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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
First recorded in 1250-1300; Middle English word from Old French word amendement. See amend, -ment
Related forms
nonamendment, noun
proamendment, adjective
reamendment, noun
self-amendment, noun Unabridged
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  • The Democrats would not accept this amendment, and the bill was never passed.

    Robert Toombs Pleasant A. Stovall
  • The Legislature has met and ratified the Thirteenth amendment.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • If not sufficiently definite the declaration is sent back by the Court for amendment.

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  • The Fourteenth amendment had been put forward virtually as an invitation.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • Phil was frowning a little, but he looked relieved at her amendment.

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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