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amendment

[uh-mend-muh nt]
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noun
  1. the act of amending or the state of being amended.
  2. an alteration of or addition to a motion, bill, constitution, etc.
  3. a change made by correction, addition, or deletion: The editors made few amendments to the manuscript.
  4. Horticulture. a soil-conditioning substance that promotes plant growth indirectly by improving such soil qualities as porosity, moisture retention, and pH balance.
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Origin of amendment

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English word from Old French word amendement. See amend, -ment
Related formsnon·a·mend·ment, nounpro·a·mend·ment, adjectivere·a·mend·ment, nounself-a·mend·ment, noun
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Related Words for amendment

modification, remedy, reform, change, revision, clause, bill, act, motion, suggestion, measure, repair, correction, mending, alteration, improvement, reformation, amelioration, enhancement, betterment

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British Dictionary definitions for amendment

amendment

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

n.

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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