Definition of amendment in English:



  • 1A minor change in a document.

    • ‘The amendment does not add to those reservations, I think it is significant to note.’
    • ‘An amendment made to customer documentation would reduce risk on a week by week basis.’
    • ‘Clause 15 of this document, which I will come to in a minute, deals with amendment of its terms.’
    • ‘Take a good look, not just at the content of this amendment, but also at the way it is written.’
    • ‘The online versions will be kept up to date and the paper amendments will be available nearly twice as fast as they used to be.’
    • ‘They are however adamantly opposed to three amendments and they seek particulars of a fourth.’
    • ‘Further and better particulars of these amendments were sought by Mr. Kemp.’
    • ‘The system will reject any amendments that are on paper or do not have the appropriate password.’
    • ‘A number of minor amendments were made to the minutes of the May meeting.’
    • ‘Mr. Madison conceived this to be the most valuable amendment in the whole list.’
    • ‘The proposed amendment is to add a claim for wrongful dismissal and breach of contract.’
    • ‘That is what we have been working to achieve in the contract amendments.’
    • ‘The statement said the amendments are not expected to have a material impact for shareholders.’
    • ‘I don't expect any breakthroughs but slight amendments that improve on what already exists.’
    • ‘In that reading of the directive, no new amendments can be added, but previously introduced changes can be reintroduced.’
    • ‘Had he been told about this, he would have made the necessary amendments to the sale documents to reflect that fact.’
    • ‘Mr Lever submits that it is to be presumed that the amendment was intended to add something.’
    • ‘There are, however, a few amendments of substance, and I will finish by mentioning them briefly.’
    • ‘I think the context makes clear what I had in mind, but if not, I offer this amendment as well.’
    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. 1.1A change or addition to a legal or statutory document.
      ‘an amendment to existing bail laws’
      • ‘This key amendment was defeated, leaving words in the Act that must be given meaning.’
      • ‘The final point is an amendment to existing legislation and refers to the wearing of safety helmets.’
      • ‘Supporters of that amendment admit they are still well short of the votes needed for approval.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I am aware of members of my own congregation who would be adversely affected by this amendment.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Not enough people in Michigan understood the consequences of passing that amendment.’
      • ‘There were two citizen petitions against the bill and one advising amendment.’
      • ‘They say they will settle for nothing less than an amendment to the legislation.’
      • ‘It could be brought about only by way of Treaty amendment.’
      • ‘What exactly were the lawsuits against which this amendment was being specially enacted?’
      • ‘The court observed that a new claim is not made by amendment until the pleading is amended.’
      • ‘There is absolutely no purpose in the law and in reality for this amendment.’
      • ‘Bishop Nigel McCulloch was travelling to London to support an amendment to the higher education bill in the House of Lords.’
      • ‘The amendments allow the next parliament to make changes after the document is approved.’
      • ‘The problems have arisen out of a maze of interacting statutory provisions, which have been subject to frequent amendment.’
      • ‘Since no such amendment has passed, we can't be sure what the consequences would be.’
      • ‘The Administration supports this amendment and so should we.’
      • ‘I have not received a request for amendment from any attendee.’
      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
      View synonyms
    2. 1.2An article added to the US Constitution.
      ‘the First Amendment’
      • ‘The Constitution and its Amendments protect the People from their Government.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘On the one hand, it's probably a violation of the 14th Amendment and its implementation can lead to abuse and tribalism.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To repeal the 16th Amendment would require a constitutional amendment.’
      • ‘The Second Amendment is as important as the First Amendment.’
      • ‘More than 130 years later, many subsequent applications of the 14th Amendment seem obvious.’
      • ‘The twenty-four Amendments to the Constitution bind us together to form a nation and help unite us with our government.’
      • ‘To guard against the very reasonable fear mentioned above, Madison proposed the 9th Amendment.’
      • ‘The notices make no mention of the protections of the First Amendment.’
      • ‘In the USA in August 1920 President Wilson signed the 19th Amendment, which finally gave women the right to vote.’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3Something that is added to soil in order to improve its texture or fertility.
      • ‘Compost is organic material that can be used as a soil amendment or as a medium to grow plants.’
      • ‘It provides a good usable soil amendment for the garden and is certainly much less expensive than peat.’
      • ‘Soil amendments like gypsum or lime should not be applied unless a soil test shows an imbalance or deficiency.’
      • ‘You can use the grindings for mulch, or let the pile compost for use later as a soil amendment.’
      • ‘By tilling and mixing in amendments such as compost, you make the soil crumbly enough for roots to penetrate.’
      • ‘Working amendments into the soil offers a good opportunity to build raised beds.’
      • ‘In most areas, there's no need to add amendments such as compost to the soil at planting time.’
      • ‘Skimp on amendments, fertilizers and the rest, but if you want good tomatoes it's about the water.’
      • ‘Next she added the extra materials from her other bed and the new amendments her soil test showed she needed.’
      • ‘I have been composting leaves to spread on my fields as a fertility amendment.’
      • ‘Is it true that I won't be able to add soil amendments once the groundcovers have taken over?’
      • ‘You can permanently damage a soil by adding too much or the wrong amendments.’
      • ‘Till the amendments into the top layer of soil, then smooth the soil bed with a roller.’
      • ‘Once you have the results of the soil test, you can add nutrients or soil amendments such as lime, as needed.’
      • ‘A cultivator is also useful for working amendments such as compost or manure 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.’
      • ‘It starts with the most basic agricultural supplies such as amendments for soil fertility.’
      • ‘Compost provides many benefits as a soil amendment, potting mix supplement and mulch.’
      • ‘For any yard, a soil test is indispensable to know let you know what amendments the soil needs.’
      • ‘If you want to add any amendments, such as compost or peat moss, work them into the soil.’


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