Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An alteration or change for the better; correction of a fault or of faults; reformation of life by quitting vices.
  • n. In public bodies; Any alternation made or proposed to be made in a bill or motion by adding, changing, substituting, or omitting.
  • n. Correction of an error in a writ or process.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of freeing from faults; the act of making better, or of changing for the better; correction; improvement; reformation: as, “amendment of life,”
  • n. The act of becoming better, or the state of having become better; specifically, recovery of health.
  • n. In deliberative assemblies, an alteration proposed to be made in the draft of a bill, or in the terms of a motion under discussion.
  • n. An alteration of a legislative or deliberative act or in a constitution; a change made in a law, either by way of correction or addition.
  • n. In law, the correction of an error in a writ, record, or other judicial document.
  • n. Compensation; reparation. Chaucer, Reeve's Tale.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of amending or correcting
  • n. a statement that is added to or revises or improves a proposal or document (a bill or constitution etc.)

Etymologies

From French amendement, from Late Latin amendamentum. (Wiktionary)

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