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 During floor debate over an amendment related to an infrastructure bill Wednesday, Rose, 33, criticized the proposal. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "Fireworks on House floor as Democratic lawmaker calls Republican a 'hypocrite'," 1 July 2020 Montana’s amendment was adopted in 1884, before the state was admitted to the union. Robert Barnes,, "Supreme Court says Montana program aiding private schools must be open to religious schools," 30 June 2020 McSally's amendment was adopted earlier this month as part of the overall changes recommended by Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., who similarly holds key sway over the military's budget as Senate Armed Services chairman. Ronald J. Hansen, The Arizona Republic, "Gallego, McSally trying to protect the A-10 'Warthog,' a boost to Tucson," 30 June 2020 In March, as the coronavirus pandemic hit, the surprise amendment was added to reset the presidential clock, allowing Mr. Putin to run for two more terms. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "Putin set to get his new constitution. But Russians ask, ‘Why now?’," 30 June 2020 Now, 93 companies are voicing their support for the constitutional amendment guaranteeing gender equality. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, "Why Apple, Google, and 91 other companies are now voicing support for the Equal Rights Amendment," 30 June 2020 If successful, the amendment will be put on the November ballot for a vote in the general election. Fox News, "Minneapolis City Council unanimously votes on plan to dismantle police department in wake of anti-brutality protests," 26 June 2020 The Legislature requires a two-thirds vote to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot, and Mullin was short just a few hours before his measure came up. John Wildermuth,, "California 17-year-olds may get right to vote in primary elections," 26 June 2020 On Wednesday the state Senate voted for a constitutional amendment, ACA 5, that would reintroduce racial preferences for who gets a state job or contract, or who is admitted to a state university. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Vote for Discrimination," 25 June 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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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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