amendment

noun

amend·​ment ə-ˈmen(d)-mənt How to pronounce amendment (audio)
1
a
: 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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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.

Examples of amendment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Council members unanimously approved the amendment, which applies to single-family homes and multi-family developments of three or fewer units. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Apr. 2024 The amendment would need a supermajority of 55% support from voters to pass, according to the Colorado secretary of state's office. Shawna Mizelle, CBS News, 12 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for amendment 

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Word History

Etymology

see amend

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of amendment was in the 13th century

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“Amendment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amendment. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

amendment

noun
amend·​ment ə-ˈmen(d)-mənt How to pronounce amendment (audio)
1
: the act or process of amending especially for the better
2
: a change in wording or meaning especially in a law, bill, or motion

Legal Definition

amendment

noun
amend·​ment
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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