- to alter, modify, rephrase, or add to or subtract from (a motion, bill, constitution, etc.) by formal procedure: Congress may amend the proposed tax bill.
- to change for the better; improve: to amend one's ways.
- to remove or correct faults in; rectify.
- to grow or become better by reforming oneself: He amends day by day.
Origin of amend
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Examples from the Web for amendable
These contracts are transactional contracts, meaning they are amendable based on changes in program participation.JP Morgan’s Food Stamp Empire
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When a conference committee report comes before the House, it is adopted or rejected in toto, as it is not divisible or amendable.The Cleveland Era
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- to improve; change for the better
- to remove faults from; correct
- to alter or revise (legislation, a constitution, etc) by formal procedure
Word Origin and History for amendable
early 13c., "to free from faults, rectify," from Old French amender (12c.), from Latin emendare "to correct, free from fault," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + menda "fault, blemish," from PIE *mend- "physical defect, fault" (cf. Sanskrit minda "physical blemish," Old Irish mennar "stain, blemish," Welsh mann "sign, mark").
Supplanted in senses of "repair, cure" by its shortened offspring mend (v.). Meaning "to add to legislation" (ostensibly to correct or improve it) is recorded from 1777. Related: Amended; amending.