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 Republicans in the state legislature originally attempted to put a constitutional amendment that would void these protections on the ballot in 2020. Annie Gowen, Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2022 On education, Dixon believes Michigan's per-pupil grant should follow the student, including to private schools, which would require a constitutional amendment. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, 3 Aug. 2022 The social and political conditions necessary for the passage of such a constitutional amendment did not exist. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, 3 Aug. 2022 Afterward, a spokesman for the Fair Play Arkansas 2022 committee that proposed the constitutional amendment said the group is disappointed with the board's decision and will review its options. Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Online, 3 Aug. 2022 Last year House and Senate supermajorities voted to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot this November that would allow exemptions for several more categories of property. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 3 Aug. 2022 That means the Legislature cannot create a lottery unless voters approve a constitutional amendment. Mike Cason |, al, 31 July 2022 After the new session starts in January, lawmakers could vote to put the constitutional amendment referendums before voters as early as the spring primary on May 16, 2023. CBS News, 29 July 2022 But there would need to be a constitutional amendment to make larger changes to how the state conducts its elections. Lisa Hagen, Hartford Courant, 22 July 2022 See More

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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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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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