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Amendment is a member of the word family amend, included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun amendment

What does amendment mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: amendments

  1. the act of amending or correcting
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: correction / rectification = the act of offering an improvement to replace a mistake
  2. a statement that is added to or revises or improves a proposal or document (a bill or constitution etc.)
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: statement = a message that is stated or declared
    • instances:
      • First Amendment = an amendment to the Constitution of the United States guaranteeing the right of free expression
      • Fifth Amendment = an amendment to the Constitution of the United States that imposes restrictions on the government's prosecution of persons accused of crimes; mandates due process of law and prohibits self-incrimination and double jeopardy
      • Fourteenth Amendment = an amendment to the Constitution of the United States adopted in 1868
      • Eighteenth Amendment = an amendment to the Constitution of the United States adopted in 1920; prohibited the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages
      • Nineteenth Amendment = an amendment to the Constitution of the United States adopted in 1920

Alternative definition of the noun amendment


  1. An alteration or change for the better; correction of a fault or of faults; reformation of life by quitting vices.
  2. In public bodies; Any alteration made or proposed to be made in a bill or motion that adds, changes, substitutes, or omits.
  3. [legal] Correction of an error in a writ or process.
  4. An addition to and/or alteration to the Constitution.
  5. That which is added; that which is used to increase or supplement something.


Amendment is a record label.


"Amendment" is a musical EP of Diligence.


  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. 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.
  2. 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.

Phrases with Amendment

  1. fifth amendment
  2. first amendment
  3. Friendly amendment
  4. Wrecking amendment
  5. eighteenth amendment
  6. fourteenth amendment
  7. nineteenth amendment
  8. Constitutional Amendment
  9. take the fifth amendment

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Amendment

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Google previewConvention Record (1890)

The next amendment is that proposed by the Delegate from Nicholas: Amend section two of the report of the Committee by striking out the following words, to wit: “And all laws exempting property from taxation other than the property7 above ...

Google previewInternal Revenue Cumulative Bulletin 2005-1, January-June

the amendment is the result of a collective bargaining...

Google previewBetween Law and Culture (2001)

Relocating Legal Studies by Lisa C. Bower, David Theo Goldberg, Michael C. Musheno

Nowadays, the First Amendment is the First Refuge of Scoundrels. STANLEY FISH (1994) In John J. Hurley etal. v. Irish-American Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Group of Boston (1995), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that ...

Google previewThe First Amendment in Schools (2003)

A Guide from the First Amendment Center by Charles C. Haynes, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

for an earlier generation of students would applaud what is today being done under First Amendment Schools auspices. The First Amendment is the oldest and most durable of the world's guarantees of expressive and religious freedom, ...

Google previewCongressional Record: Senate: Vol. 155, Pt. 2

The amendment is the bill that, 2 years ago, Speaker PELOSI called “a definite improvement on the first bill,” meaning the...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Constitutional Amendments, Proposed Amendments, and Amending Issues, 1789-2002 (2003)

by John R. Vile

In December 1860 outgoing President James Buchanan proposed an “ explanatory amendment” that was actually a series of three proposals. It would give “express recognition of the right of property in slaves in the States where it now exists ...

Google previewNolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary (2009)

by Gerald Hill Attorney

Amendment. VII. (1791). in suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the united states , ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Maryland (1999)

by Nancy Capace

or amendments shall be submitted, in a form to be prescribed by the General Assembly, to the qualified voters of the State for adoption or rejection. The votes cast for and against said proposed amendment or amendments, severally, shall be ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Religion and Politics (2014)

by Paul A. Djupe, Laura R. Olson

Hyde amendment court noted further that the press had given the public “the clear impression that there was a very close identification” between the pro-life movement “and the 'official' view of the Roman Catholic Church.” In this context ...

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Quotes about Amendment

The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is besides the point. Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation to tolerate speech. (Anthony Kennedy)
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Scrabble value of A1M3E1N1D2M3E1N1T1

The value of this 9-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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