Definition of amendment in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈmen(d)mənt/


1A minor change in a document.
Example sentences
  • Had he been told about this, he would have made the necessary amendments to the sale documents to reflect that fact.
  • A number of minor amendments were made to the minutes of the May meeting.
  • An amendment made to customer documentation would reduce risk on a week by week basis.
1.1A change or addition to a legal or statutory document: an amendment to existing bail laws
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  • They say they will settle for nothing less than an amendment to the legislation.
  • The final point is an amendment to existing legislation and refers to the wearing of safety helmets.
  • There can be a further committee stage if this is required for further amendment to the legislation.
1.2 (Amendment) An article added to the US Constitution: the First Amendment
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  • Like all of the Amendments to the Constitution, the Fourth Amendment is open to interpretation because of a tension - deeply embedded in American culture and politics - between individual rights and communal responsibilities.
  • The Constitution and its Amendments protect the People from their Government.
  • We were given the right to vote in the Amendments to the Constitution - number 19 to be exact!
1.3Something that is added to soil in order to improve its texture or fertility.
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  • Once you have the results of the soil test, you can add nutrients or soil amendments such as lime, as needed.
  • Is it true that I won't be able to add soil amendments once the groundcovers have taken over?
  • The first day of spring is only a week away and it will soon be time to start adding fertilizer and organic amendments to your garden beds.


Middle English (in the sense 'improvement, correction'): from Old French amendement, from amender (see amend).

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Syllabification: a·mend·ment

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