Definition of amendment in English:

amendment

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noun

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

    ‘an amendment to existing bail laws’
    • ‘Had he been told about this, he would have made the necessary amendments to the sale documents to reflect that fact.’
    • ‘A number of minor amendments were made to the minutes of the May meeting.’
    • ‘An amendment made to customer documentation would reduce risk on a week by week basis.’
    • ‘I think the context makes clear what I had in mind, but if not, I offer this amendment as well.’
    • ‘Mr. Madison conceived this to be the most valuable amendment in the whole list.’
    • ‘Take a good look, not just at the content of this amendment, but also at the way it is written.’
    • ‘Clause 15 of this document, which I will come to in a minute, deals with amendment of its terms.’
    • ‘I don't expect any breakthroughs but slight amendments that improve on what already exists.’
    • ‘The statement said the amendments are not expected to have a material impact for shareholders.’
    • ‘In that reading of the directive, no new amendments can be added, but previously introduced changes can be reintroduced.’
    • ‘The amendment does not add to those reservations, I think it is significant to note.’
    • ‘The proposed amendment is to add a claim for wrongful dismissal and breach of contract.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That is what we have been working to achieve in the contract amendments.’
    • ‘The system will reject any amendments that are on paper or do not have the appropriate password.’
    revision, alteration, change, modification, qualification, adaptation, adjustment
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    1. 1.1An article added to the US Constitution.
      ‘the First 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.’
      • ‘The Constitution and its Amendments protect the People from their Government.’
      • ‘We were given the right to vote in the Amendments to the Constitution - number 19 to be exact!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The twenty-four Amendments to the Constitution bind us together to form a nation and help unite us with our government.’
      • ‘To repeal the 16th Amendment would require a constitutional 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.’
      • ‘To guard against the very reasonable fear mentioned above, Madison proposed the 9th Amendment.’
      • ‘In the USA in August 1920 President Wilson signed the 19th Amendment, which finally gave women the right to vote.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The notices make no mention of the protections of the First Amendment.’
    2. 1.2Something which is added to soil in order to improve its texture or fertility.
      ‘you can add some soil-texturizing amendments to improve soil drainage’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Next she added the extra materials from her other bed and the new amendments her soil test showed she needed.’
      • ‘Compost provides many benefits as a soil amendment, potting mix supplement and mulch.’
      • ‘Soil amendments like gypsum or lime should not be applied unless a soil test shows an imbalance or deficiency.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In most areas, there's no need to add amendments such as compost to the soil at planting time.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Till the amendments into the top layer of soil, then smooth the soil bed with a roller.’
      • ‘A cultivator is also useful for working amendments such as compost or manure into the soil.’
      • ‘It provides a good usable soil amendment for the garden and is certainly much less expensive than peat.’
      • ‘By tilling and mixing in amendments such as compost, you make the soil crumbly enough for roots to penetrate.’
      • ‘You can permanently damage a soil by adding too much or the wrong amendments.’

Pronunciation

amendment

/əˈmen(d)mənt/ /əˈmɛn(d)mənt/

Origin

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