amend·​ment | \ ə-ˈmen(d)-mənt How to pronounce amendment (audio) \

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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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 The lawmaker to most aggressively question Murphy in support of Tinderholt’s amendment was not a fellow conservative, however, but San Antonio Democrat Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer. Mike Morris, San Antonio Express-News, 2 June 2021 The constitutional amendment Illinois truly needs is one that allows the state to change the public-worker pensions that are bankrupting it. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 26 May 2021 One late amendment to the bill was to allow social equity applicants, meant to apply primarily to minority investors, to open a new shop within 1,500 feet of an existing shop. Robert Mccoppin,, 25 May 2021 Looking at that number, the $50 million amendment is only about 4%. Hannah K. Sparling, The Enquirer, 28 Apr. 2021 Brendan Johnson, an attorney representing advocates including South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws conceded that the constitutional amendment was lengthy but said that was no reason to throw it out. Stephen Groves, Star Tribune, 28 Apr. 2021 One such amendment is a bipartisan proposal by Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal and Republican Senator Jerry Moran to provide grants to state and local governments to help improve hate crime reporting. Grace Segers, CBS News, 15 Apr. 2021 After Deer Park Republican Briscoe Cain lodged a parliamentary objection that the amendment was not germane to the bill, Phelan agreed. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, 30 Mar. 2021 Leek said if the amendment was in law last year, Gov. Ron DeSantis could have been blocked from shifting resources between state agencies to address the online unemployment system when it was overwhelmed by jobless claims. Jim Turner,, 26 Mar. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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amend·​ment | \ ə-ˈmend-mənt How to pronounce amendment (audio) \

Kids Definition of amendment

: 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 ConstitutionU.S. Constitution art. V


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