Definition of amendment in English:


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Pronunciation: /əˈmɛn(d)m(ə)nt


1A minor change or addition designed to improve a text, piece of legislation, etc. 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.
1.1 (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!
1.2Something which is added to soil in order to improve its texture or fertility: you can add some soil-texturizing amendments to improve soil drainage
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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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