Definition of amendment
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 Constitution>b : an alteration proposed or effected by this process <a constitutional amendment>
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
First Known Use: 13th century
AMENDMENT Defined for Kids
Definition of amendment for Students
: a change in wording or meaning especially in a law, bill, or motion
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 Constitution — U.S. Constitution art. V>
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