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From French amendement, from Late Latin amendamentum.


  • IPA(key): /əˈmend.mənt/
    • (file)
  • (US) IPA(key): /ʌˈmɛnd.mənt/


amendment (countable and uncountable, plural amendments)

  1. An alteration or change for the better; correction of a fault or of faults; reformation of life by quitting vices.
    Synonyms: improvement, reformation
  2. In public bodies, any alteration made or proposed to be made in a bill or motion that adds, changes, substitutes, or omits.
    • 2014 November 27, Ian Black, “Courts kept busy as Jordan works to crush support for Isis”, in The Guardian[1]:
      Arrests and prosecutions intensified after Isis captured Mosul in June, but the groundwork had been laid by an earlier amendment to Jordan’s anti-terrorism law.
  3. (law) Correction of an error in a writ or process.
  4. (especially US) An addition to and/or alteration to the Constitution.
    The First Amendment guarantees freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition.
    The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution abolished slavery.
  5. That which is added; that which is used to increase or supplement something.
    a soil amendment


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