[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. amenable,
  2. amend,
  3. amendatory,
  4. amende honorable,
  5. amending formula,
  6. amends,
  7. amenhotep iii,
  8. amenhotep iv,
  9. amenities,
  10. amenity

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for amendments


/ (əˈmɛndmənt) /


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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