What does Amendment mean?

Definitions for Amendment
əˈmɛnd məntamend·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. amendmentnoun

    the act of amending or correcting

  2. amendmentnoun

    a statement that is added to or revises or improves a proposal or document (a bill or constitution etc.)


  1. amendmentnoun

    An alteration or change for the better; correction of a fault or of faults; reformation of life by quitting vices.

  2. amendmentnoun

    In public bodies; Any alteration made or proposed to be made in a bill or motion that adds, changes, substitutes, or omits.

  3. amendmentnoun

    Correction of an error in a writ or process.

  4. amendmentnoun

    An addition to and/or alteration to the Constitution.

  5. amendmentnoun

    That which is added; that which is used to increase or supplement something.

    a soil amendment

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Amendment

    It signifies, in law, the correction of an errour committed in a process, and espied before or after judgment; and sometimes after the party’s seeking advantage by the errour. Blount.

    Etymology: emendatio, Lat.

  2. Amendmentnoun

    Etymology: amendement, Fr.

    Before it was presented on the stage, some things in it have passed your approbation and amendment. John Dryden, Aureng. Pref.

    Man is always mending and altering his works; but nature observes the same tenour, because her works are so perfect, that there is no place for amendments; nothing that can be reprehended. John Ray, on the Creation.

    There are many natural defects in the understanding, capable of amendment, which are overlooked and wholly neglected. John Locke.

    Our Lord and Saviour was of opinion, that they which would not be drawn to amendment of life, by the testimony which Moses and the prophets have given, concerning the miseries that follow sinners after death, were not likely to be persuaded by other means, although God from the dead should have raised them up preachers. Richard Hooker, b. v. § 22.

    Behold! famine and plague, tribulation and anguish, are sent as scourges for amendment. 2 Esdras, xvi. 19.

    Though a serious purpose of amendment, and true acts of contrition, before the habit, may be accepted by God; yet there is no sure judgment whether this purpose be serious, or these acts true acts of contrition. Henry Hammond, Practical Catechism.

    Your honour’s players hearing your amendment,
    Are come to play a pleasant comedy. William Shakespeare, Tam. Shrew.


  1. Amendment

    An amendment is a formal or official change made to a law, contract, constitution, or other legal document. It is based on the verb to amend, which means to change for better. Amendments can add, remove, or update parts of these agreements. They are often used when it is better to change the document than to write a new one. Only the legislative branch is involved in the amendment process.


  1. amendment

    An amendment is a formal change, correction, or improvement made to a document, piece of legislation, contract, or any official text. It can also refer to the process of making such changes via official or legal procedures.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Amendmentnoun

    an alteration or change for the better; correction of a fault or of faults; reformation of life by quitting vices

  2. Amendmentnoun

    in public bodies; Any alternation made or proposed to be made in a bill or motion by adding, changing, substituting, or omitting

  3. Amendmentnoun

    correction of an error in a writ or process


  1. Amendment

    A change in a document made by correction, adding, substituting or omitting a certain part. Amendments are the mechanism of changes introduction, further development and improvement of previously submitted or approved clinical study protocols and proposals.

Editors Contribution

  1. amendment

    A change to a principle, rule or form of legislation.

    There are various amendments proposed and what is agreed is approved by the legislature.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 12, 2020  

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Amendment' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1354

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Amendment' in Nouns Frequency: #1458

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Amendment in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Amendment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Amendment in a Sentence

  1. John Morrison:

    This is not free speech, this is nothing protected by the First Amendment, this is not the expression of political opinion.

  2. Ilya Somin:

    There are multiple definitions of originalism, and multiple theories of it, speaking just for myself, I would say it’s the idea that provisions of the Constitution should be interpreted in accordance with the original meaning of the text at the time it was ratified (e.g. – 1868 for the 14th Amendment).

  3. Daniel Okrent:

    I'm convinced that they were the most powerful pressure group in American history, they brought about a constitutional amendment.

  4. Benjamin Franklin:

    All human situations have their inconveniences. We feel those of the present but neither see nor feel those of the future; and hence we often make troublesome changes without amendment, and frequently for the worse.

  5. Paul Barrett:

    The kind of free speech that we are most interested in promoting — and that the first amendment is directed at — is speech related to political matters, public affairs and personal expression, none of those kinds of speech would be affected by an effort to screen out disguised, phony advertising that purports to come from organizations that don’t really exist and actually attempt to undermine discussions on elections. There will be some limitations on fraudulent speech and violent speech, but those are not the types of speech protected by the first amendment. We can afford to lose those types of speech to create an environment where free speech is promoted.

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