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Definition of "amendment" []

  • The act of changing for the better; improvement: "Society may sometimes show signs of repentance and amendment” ( George G. Coulton). (noun)
  • A correction or alteration, as in a manuscript. (noun)
  • The process of formally altering or adding to a document or record. (noun)
  • A statement of such an alteration or addition: The 19th Amendment to the Constitution gave women the right to vote. (noun)
  • A material, such as organic matter or sand, mixed into soil to improve growing conditions. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "amendment" in a sentence
  • "It can be amended itself, but this “amendment of an amendment” (an amendment of the second degree) cannot be amended."
  • "To forestall that risk, appropriations conferees who support the McCain amendment will seek to block any effort to drop the amendment from the appropriations bill unless the White House promises that the President to sign the authorization bill as well."
  • "The basis of the McCain amendment is establishing the Army Field Manual on Intelligence Interrogation as the uniform standard for interrogation."