Definition of amendment in English:

amendment

noun

  • 1A minor change or addition designed to improve a text, piece of legislation, etc.:

    ‘an amendment to existing bail laws’
    • ‘There were two citizen petitions against the bill and one advising amendment.’
    • ‘Bishop Nigel McCulloch was travelling to London to support an amendment to the higher education bill in the House of Lords.’
    • ‘Since no such amendment has passed, we can't be sure what the consequences would be.’
    • ‘Not enough people in Michigan understood the consequences of passing that amendment.’
    • ‘By filibustering, senators attempt to prevent a vote on a measure or amendment.’
    • ‘There can be a further committee stage if this is required for further amendment to the legislation.’
    • ‘It could be brought about only by way of Treaty amendment.’
    • ‘The court observed that a new claim is not made by amendment until the pleading is amended.’
    • ‘What exactly were the lawsuits against which this amendment was being specially enacted?’
    • ‘This key amendment was defeated, leaving words in the Act that must be given meaning.’
    • ‘I am aware of members of my own congregation who would be adversely affected by this amendment.’
    • ‘The Administration supports this amendment and so should we.’
    • ‘I have not received a request for amendment from any attendee.’
    • ‘Supporters of that amendment admit they are still well short of the votes needed for approval.’
    • ‘The problems have arisen out of a maze of interacting statutory provisions, which have been subject to frequent amendment.’
    • ‘The amendments allow the next parliament to make changes after the document is approved.’
    • ‘They say they will settle for nothing less than an amendment to the legislation.’
    • ‘It is encouraging that we have gained some concessions, but more are needed, such as a joint committee and amendment of key words in the bill.’
    • ‘The final point is an amendment to existing legislation and refers to the wearing of safety helmets.’
    • ‘There is absolutely no purpose in the law and in reality for this amendment.’
    revision, alteration, change, modification, qualification, adaptation, adjustment
    edit, editing, rewrite, rewriting, redraft, redrafting, recasting, rephrasing, rewording, reworking, reform
    update, revamp, reshaping
    correction, emendation, improvement, enhancement, clarification
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    1. 1.1 An article added to the US Constitution:
      ‘the First Amendment’
      • ‘The twenty-four Amendments to the Constitution bind us together to form a nation and help unite us with our government.’
      • ‘We were given the right to vote in the Amendments to the Constitution - number 19 to be exact!’
      • ‘Like all of the Amendments to the Constitution, the Fourth Amendment is open to interpretation because of a tension - deeply embedded in American culture and politics - between individual rights and communal responsibilities.’
      • ‘I guess the strongest form of Bill of Rights would certainly be the American Bill of Rights which were the Amendments to the American Constitution in the 18th century.’
      • ‘In the USA in August 1920 President Wilson signed the 19th Amendment, which finally gave women the right to vote.’
      • ‘We are sure that many of those who were in her position did not support the Government, but were unwilling to sacrifice their political careers by voting for the Amendment.’
      • ‘Consequently, not only is a real understanding of the values underlying the Constitution and its Amendments necessary, so is a willingness to act when necessary to protect those ideals.’
      • ‘The notices make no mention of the protections of the First Amendment.’
      • ‘To guard against the very reasonable fear mentioned above, Madison proposed the 9th Amendment.’
      • ‘To repeal the 16th Amendment would require a constitutional amendment.’
      • ‘The Constitution and its Amendments protect the People from their Government.’
      • ‘The Second Amendment is as important as the First Amendment.’
      • ‘On the one hand, it's probably a violation of the 14th Amendment and its implementation can lead to abuse and tribalism.’
      • ‘However, the US Constitution describes the free individual through implication - through the exemptions represented by the Amendments rather than through the assertions represented by the Constitution itself.’
      • ‘More than 130 years later, many subsequent applications of the 14th Amendment seem obvious.’
    2. 1.2 Something which is added to soil in order to improve its texture or fertility:
      ‘you can add some soil-texturizing amendments to improve soil drainage’
      • ‘In most areas, there's no need to add amendments such as compost to the soil at planting time.’
      • ‘Soil amendments like gypsum or lime should not be applied unless a soil test shows an imbalance or deficiency.’
      • ‘Skimp on amendments, fertilizers and the rest, but if you want good tomatoes it's about the water.’
      • ‘Working amendments into the soil offers a good opportunity to build raised beds.’
      • ‘I have been composting leaves to spread on my fields as a fertility amendment.’
      • ‘It starts with the most basic agricultural supplies such as amendments for soil fertility.’
      • ‘For any yard, a soil test is indispensable to know let you know what amendments the soil needs.’
      • ‘Once you have the results of the soil test, you can add nutrients or soil amendments such as lime, as needed.’
      • ‘Compost is organic material that can be used as a soil amendment or as a medium to grow plants.’
      • ‘If you want to add any amendments, such as compost or peat moss, work them into the soil.’
      • ‘The first day of spring is only a week away and it will soon be time to start adding fertilizer and organic amendments to your garden beds.’
      • ‘You can permanently damage a soil by adding too much or the wrong amendments.’
      • ‘Compost provides many benefits as a soil amendment, potting mix supplement and mulch.’
      • ‘Is it true that I won't be able to add soil amendments once the groundcovers have taken over?’
      • ‘It provides a good usable soil amendment for the garden and is certainly much less expensive than peat.’
      • ‘Next she added the extra materials from her other bed and the new amendments her soil test showed she needed.’
      • ‘By tilling and mixing in amendments such as compost, you make the soil crumbly enough for roots to penetrate.’
      • ‘A cultivator is also useful for working amendments such as compost or manure into the soil.’
      • ‘You can use the grindings for mulch, or let the pile compost for use later as a soil amendment.’
      • ‘Till the amendments into the top layer of soil, then smooth the soil bed with a roller.’

Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘improvement, correction’): from Old French amendement, from amender (see amend).

Pronunciation

amendment

/əˈmɛn(d)m(ə)nt/