Definition of amendment in US English:

amendment

noun

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

    ‘an amendment to existing bail laws’
    • ‘The final point is an amendment to existing legislation and refers to the wearing of safety helmets.’
    • ‘I think the context makes clear what I had in mind, but if not, I offer this amendment as well.’
    • ‘An amendment made to customer documentation would reduce risk on a week by week basis.’
    • ‘By filibustering, senators attempt to prevent a vote on a measure or amendment.’
    • ‘What exactly were the lawsuits against which this amendment was being specially enacted?’
    • ‘The amendment does not add to those reservations, I think it is significant to note.’
    • ‘This key amendment was defeated, leaving words in the Act that must be given meaning.’
    • ‘The amendments allow the next parliament to make changes after the document is approved.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The proposed amendment is to add a claim for wrongful dismissal and breach of contract.’
    • ‘The court observed that a new claim is not made by amendment until the pleading is amended.’
    • ‘I have not received a request for amendment from any attendee.’
    • ‘Clause 15 of this document, which I will come to in a minute, deals with amendment of its terms.’
    • ‘There are, however, a few amendments of substance, and I will finish by mentioning them briefly.’
    • ‘Mr. Madison conceived this to be the most valuable amendment in the whole list.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The problems have arisen out of a maze of interacting statutory provisions, which have been subject to frequent amendment.’
    • ‘There were two citizen petitions against the bill and one advising amendment.’
    • ‘Since no such amendment has passed, we can't be sure what the consequences would be.’
    • ‘In that reading of the directive, no new amendments can be added, but previously introduced changes can be reintroduced.’
    • ‘Further and better particulars of these amendments were sought by Mr. Kemp.’
    • ‘The statement said the amendments are not expected to have a material impact for shareholders.’
    • ‘That is what we have been working to achieve in the contract amendments.’
    • ‘I am aware of members of my own congregation who would be adversely affected by this amendment.’
    • ‘It could be brought about only by way of Treaty amendment.’
    • ‘Supporters of that amendment admit they are still well short of the votes needed for approval.’
    • ‘I don't expect any breakthroughs but slight amendments that improve on what already exists.’
    • ‘They say they will settle for nothing less than an amendment to the legislation.’
    • ‘There can be a further committee stage if this is required for further amendment to the legislation.’
    • ‘The Administration supports this amendment and so should we.’
    • ‘There is absolutely no purpose in the law and in reality for this amendment.’
    • ‘Mr Lever submits that it is to be presumed that the amendment was intended to add something.’
    • ‘They are however adamantly opposed to three amendments and they seek particulars of a fourth.’
    • ‘Not enough people in Michigan understood the consequences of passing that amendment.’
    • ‘Had he been told about this, he would have made the necessary amendments to the sale documents to reflect that fact.’
    • ‘Bishop Nigel McCulloch was travelling to London to support an amendment to the higher education bill in the House of Lords.’
    • ‘Take a good look, not just at the content of this amendment, but also at the way it is written.’
    • ‘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.’
    revision, alteration, change, modification, qualification, adaptation, adjustment
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    1. 1.1 An article added to the US Constitution.
      ‘the First Amendment’
      • ‘The notices make no mention of the protections of the First Amendment.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Second Amendment is as important as the First Amendment.’
      • ‘The Constitution and its Amendments protect the People from their Government.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘On the one hand, it's probably a violation of the 14th Amendment and its implementation can lead to abuse and tribalism.’
      • ‘More than 130 years later, many subsequent applications of the 14th Amendment seem obvious.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the USA in August 1920 President Wilson signed the 19th Amendment, which finally gave women the right to vote.’
      • ‘To repeal the 16th Amendment would require a constitutional amendment.’
      • ‘To guard against the very reasonable fear mentioned above, Madison proposed the 9th Amendment.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We were given the right to vote in the Amendments to the Constitution - number 19 to be exact!’
      • ‘The twenty-four Amendments to the Constitution bind us together to form a nation and help unite us with our government.’
    2. 1.2 Something which is added to soil in order to improve its texture or fertility.
      • ‘By tilling and mixing in amendments such as compost, you make the soil crumbly enough for roots to penetrate.’
      • ‘Once you have the results of the soil test, you can add nutrients or soil amendments such as lime, as needed.’
      • ‘Is it true that I won't be able to add soil amendments once the groundcovers have taken over?’
      • ‘Compost provides many benefits as a soil amendment, potting mix supplement and mulch.’
      • ‘You can permanently damage a soil by adding too much or the wrong amendments.’
      • ‘It starts with the most basic agricultural supplies such as amendments for soil fertility.’
      • ‘It provides a good usable soil amendment for the garden and is certainly much less expensive than peat.’
      • ‘For any yard, a soil test is indispensable to know let you know what amendments the soil needs.’
      • ‘You can use the grindings for mulch, or let the pile compost for use later as a soil amendment.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A cultivator is also useful for working amendments such as compost or manure into the soil.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Compost is organic material that can be used as a soil amendment or as a medium to grow plants.’
      • ‘Next she added the extra materials from her other bed and the new amendments her soil test showed she needed.’
      • ‘Soil amendments like gypsum or lime should not be applied unless a soil test shows an imbalance or deficiency.’
      • ‘In most areas, there's no need to add amendments such as compost to the soil at planting time.’
      • ‘Till the amendments into the top layer of soil, then smooth the soil bed with a roller.’
      • ‘If you want to add any amendments, such as compost or peat moss, work them into the soil.’
      • ‘I have been composting leaves to spread on my fields as a fertility amendment.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

amendment

/əˈmen(d)mənt//əˈmɛn(d)mənt/