amendment

noun
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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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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On this day in 1789] the first Congress of the United States approves 12 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and sends them to the states for ratification. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Trump attacks Kavanaugh accuser," 25 Sep. 2018 Bach, who met Hollingsworth at a town hall, is credited by some with being one of the driving forces behind the amendment, which also would require farmers who kill vultures to report the animal death to authorities. Jordyn Hermani, Indianapolis Star, "Black vultures are eating cows alive. But it's difficult to legally kill the birds.," 13 July 2018 The amendment, like all treaties, must be submitted by the president to the Senate for approval. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Republicans can't agree on this climate deal brokered by Obama," 12 July 2018 In its 5 to 2 vote opting into the county ordinance increasing the minimum wage, the Wilmette board did make some amendments, including delaying the effective date in Wilmette until Oct. 1, 2018. Brian L. Cox, chicagotribune.com, "A year after opting out of Cook County minimum wage ordinance, Wilmette opts in," 28 June 2018 An overwhelming number of female senators voted for her amendment, 18 in all. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "How Many Women Does It Take to Change a Congress?," 10 Oct. 2018 To place an initiative on the ballot, supporters must submit a hefty number of valid voter signatures supporting the measure: 150,642 for initiative measures or 225,963 for constitutional amendments. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Clean energy, taxes and anti-dirty money proposals submitted for November ballot," 5 July 2018 Paz said the budget is an evolving plan that typically calls for amendments throughout the year. Diane Smith, star-telegram, "Fort Worth schools budget raises starting teacher pay," 26 June 2018 Earlier this year, the union filed three petitions calling for charter amendments that will be on the November ballot. Josh Baugh, San Antonio Express-News, "City to end fight over fire union contract after defeat in high court," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of amendment

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for amendment

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amendment

noun
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

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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