amendment

noun
amend·ment | \ ə-ˈmen(d)-mənt \

Definition of amendment 

1a : the process of altering or amending a law or document (such as a constitution) by parliamentary or constitutional procedure rights that were granted by amendment of the Constitution

b : an alteration proposed or effected by this process a constitutional amendment

2 : the act of amending something : correction

3 : a material (such as compost or sand) that aids plant growth indirectly by improving the condition of the soil soil amendments

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Synonyms for amendment

Synonyms

correction, emendation

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What is a constitutional amendment?

An amendment is essentially a correction. It comes in many varieties, up to and including the process of altering something through either parliamentary or constitutional procedure. In the United States, the word is often used specifically of a change to the U.S. Constitution. A constitutional amendment may be proposed by Congress with a two-thirds majority vote in both the Senate and the House of Representatives or through a constitutional convention with majority votes in two-thirds of state legislatures. Once it is ratified by Congress, it must be approved by three-fourths (i.e., 38 of 50) of the states.

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Leopold’s company was hired by Jacobs Project Management after trustees approved a $247,129 contract amendment. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend ISD officials propose $178 million technology package for not-yet-approved school bond election," 13 July 2018 The company recently put forward some amendments that would bring down its footprint to 215 stations and 59 percent of households. Christa Case Bryant, The Christian Science Monitor, "As news ownership consolidates, will local TV become more partisan?," 13 July 2018 That said, there is another mechanism for tabling an amendment: a constitutional convention called by two-thirds of the states. The Economist, "America’s electoral system gives the Republicans advantages over Democrats," 12 July 2018 Roe is far from the only case that involves the relationship between the 14th amendment and privacy rights. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "Trump's Supreme Court Pick Puts Spotlight on Roe v. Wade on 150th Anniversary of the Amendment That Made the Case Possible," 9 July 2018 The Baltimore City Council is poised to pass a charter amendment designed to limit big money’s influence in local campaigns. Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore City Council set to vote on public financing charter amendment," 9 July 2018 The board could ask for specific additional amendments or could refer the matter to the Ohio Elections Commission. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "At last, some answers about Cincinnati Councilman Jeff Pastor's campaign finances," 8 July 2018 Seehofer was unwilling to accept any amendments and repeatedly postponed his presentation of the document. Jefferson Chase, USA TODAY, "German government crisis: Chancellor Angela Merkel gets migrant compromise," 3 July 2018 An amendment added to the extension approved Monday night requires representatives from the administration to update the County Council on flood recovery efforts at July 9, 16 and 23 meetings. Kate Magill, Howard County Times, "State of emergency extended for parts of Ellicott City," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of amendment

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for amendment

see amend

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amendment

noun
amend·ment | \ ə-ˈmend-mənt \

Kids Definition of amendment

: a change in wording or meaning especially in a law, bill, or motion

amendment

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amend·ment

Legal Definition of amendment 

1 : an act of amending especially : an alteration in wording amendments to cure the defect in the pleading

2 : an alteration proposed or put into effect by parliamentary or constitutional procedure the Congress…shall propose amendments to this ConstitutionU.S. Constitution art. V

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