amendment

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noun amend·ment \ə-ˈmen(d)-mənt\

Definition of amendment

  1. 1a :  the process of altering or amending a law or document (such as a consitution) by parliamentary or constitutional procedure rights that were granted by amendment of the Constitutionb :  an alteration proposed or effected by this process a constitutional amendment

  2. 2 :  the act of amending something :  correction

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

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.

Origin and Etymology of amendment

see amend


First Known Use: 13th century


AMENDMENT Defined for Kids

amendment

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noun amend·ment \ə-ˈmend-mənt\

Definition of amendment for Students

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


Law Dictionary

amendment

noun amend·ment

Legal Definition of amendment

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

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



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