• WordNet 3.6
    • n amendment the act of amending or correcting
    • n amendment a statement that is added to or revises or improves a proposal or document (a bill or constitution etc.)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The only repealed amendment to the US Constitution deals with the prohibition of alcohol.
    • Amendment An alteration or change for the better; correction of a fault or of faults; reformation of life by quitting vices.
    • Amendment (Law) Correction of an error in a writ or process.
    • Amendment In public bodies; Any alternation made or proposed to be made in a bill or motion by adding, changing, substituting, or omitting.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The US federal income tax was first enacted in 1862 to support the Union's Civil War effort. It was eliminated in 1872, revived in 1894 then declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court the following year. In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution made the income tax a permanent fixture in the US tax system.
    • n amendment 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 amendment The act of becoming better, or the state of having become better; specifically, recovery of health.
    • n amendment In deliberative assemblies, an alteration proposed to be made in the draft of a bill, or in the terms of a motion under discussion. Any such alteration is termed an amendment, even when its effect is entirely to reverse the sense of the original bill or motion.
    • n amendment 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. Ammendments to the Constitution of the United States may be proposed by a majority of two thirds of both houses of Congress, or by a convention summoned by Congress on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the States, and enacted by their ratification by the legislatures of three fourths of the States, or by conventions in three fourths of them, as Congress may determine.
    • n amendment In law, the correction of an error in a writ, record, or other judicial document.
    • n amendment Compensation; reparation. Chaucer, Reeve's Tale. Synonyms Emendation, betterment. Reform, etc. See reformation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Connecticut and Rhode Island never ratified the 18th Amendment: Prohibition.
    • n Amendment correction: improvement: an alteration proposed on a bill under consideration: a counter-proposal put before a public meeting: a counter-motion
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  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.”
  • Henry Wilson
    Henry Wilson
    “I believe if we introduced the Lord's Prayer here, senators would propose a large number of amendments to it.”
  • Confucius
    “The real fault is to have faults and not amend them.”
  • John (Jay) Mccloy
    John (Jay) Mccloy
    “Humility leads to strength and not to weakness. It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them.”
  • John Perry Barlow
    John Perry Barlow
    “In Cyberspace, the 1st Amendment is a local ordinance.”
  • John Stuart Mill
    “The duty of man is the same in respect to his own nature as in respect to the nature of all other things, namely not to follow it but to amend it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. amendement, LL. amendamentum,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. amender for emender—L. emendāre, to remove a fault—e, ex, out of, and menda, a fault.


In literature:

These amendments were promulgated by me in executive order dated May 29, 1899.
"Messages and Papers of William McKinley V.2." by William McKinley
All his sons were present, one of whom, I think, moved an amendment to the effect that he be continued at his then salary.
"The Felon's Track" by Michael Doheny
Thereupon Italy's chief representative, Signor Tittoni, offered an amendment.
"The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference" by Emile Joseph Dillon
Mr. Dietrick of Pennsylvania moved to amend the report of the committee.
"The Story of The American Legion" by George Seay Wheat
I don't mind fair amendments, but they must be honest ones.
"The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him" by Paul Leicester Ford
This morning I was visited by a Mr. Lewis, a smart Cockney, whose object is to amend the handwriting.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
Amend the law relating to marriage, and also on some points affecting personal status and devolution of property on death.
"Rebuilding Britain" by Alfred Hopkinson
Nature had meanwhile been doing her best to make amends for the great damage.
"Atlantic Monthly, Vol. XII. July, 1863, No. LXIX." by Various
The special tendency in recent amendments of State constitutions has been to limit the power of the legislature.
"Elements of Civil Government" by Alexander L. Peterman
It has become fashionable to question the wisdom of the Fifteenth Amendment.
"The Negro Problem" by Booker T. Washington, et al.

In poetry:

How foolishly, O God! was I thy foe?
Perverse, as Pharaoh was in former days,
Though thou didst still the culprit kindly wooe,
To turn to thee, and to amend his ways.
"A Prayer For A Sick Person" by Rees Prichard
The shape and look that ye did faut,
Ye canna make amends to that,
Ye had far better hold your chat,
Against the man,
For fear he does gae you a bat,
For weel he can.
"Address To Doggerels" by Susannah Hawkins
Though, beyond measure, our foul sins extend,
And, like Gomorrah's citizens, we live;
If we believe, and our bad lives amend,
He'll get us all a free and full reprieve.
"Adam's Race" by Rees Prichard
O God, our best friend, give us grace to amend,
And keep Adam's sons from backsliding!
Forgive us each sin, and lead us all in To the kingdom, where thou art residing.
"A Song Concerning The Devil And The Drunkard" by Rees Prichard
There's not a soul, who does in Christ believe,
That to amend his life and errors past,
Does not sufficient grace from him receive;
'Till he becomes another man at last.
"Advice To A Sinner, To Come To Christ" by Rees Prichard
Forgael. Maybe it is but natural to doubt me.
You've never known, I'd lay a wager on it,
A melancholy that a cup of wine,
A lucky battle, or a woman's kiss
Could not amend.
"A Dramatic Poem" by William Butler Yeats

In news:

County to amend Clarksburg master plan.
The statement says that the amended language will help ensure that the council is prepared to comment on the SEC's proposed rule on clawbacks .
Unless something goes awry this morning, at high noon the US Senate should be ratifying a House amendment to crisis legislation that will, for a couple of years, at least, put behind us talk of the US government defaulting on its debts.
Susan Sarandon voicing robocalls for Amendment 64.
House Quashes DeFazio's Amendment To Study Coal Dust Impacts.
Learn laws of road, tribute to retiring judge and father, stop cockfighting in Texas, proposed 28th Amendment to the Constitution.
DoD is issuing a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to conform references throughout the DFARS to the new Codification of Title 41, United States Code, "Public Contracts".
A Constitutional Amendment allowing home health care workers to collectively bargain.
President Bush will transfer the powers ofthe presidency to Vice President Cheney while he is sedated for acolon check -- under the rules set out in the 25th Amendment to theConstitution.
A Colorado group unveiled a revised personhood amendment for the 2012 ballot at a noon news conference today on the steps of the Capitol.
'Religious Freedom' amendment combustible mix of religion, politics.
The 2013 amended city budget approved today by the Milwaukee Common Council provides some property tax relief for residents, while holding steady on crucial city services.
In response to the Sept 21 letter to the editor titled "Rethink Marriage Amendment," I submit that the "Slavery" issue and 'same sex marriage' are not even an apple to apples comparison.
In response to the city's motion to dismiss , the plaintiffs requested leave to amend their Amended Petition but the request was denied.
Minnesota voters last Tuesday turned back a proposed constitutional amendment to require a photo ID for voting as well as proposed state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

In science:

Regularization of the amended potential criterion 5.1.
Symmetry breaking for toral actions in simple mechanical systems
In this method, there are two key technical problems, namely, the existence of the limit of ξ (τ , vqe , µ) as τ → 0 and the extension of the amended potential at points with symmetry.
Symmetry breaking for toral actions in simple mechanical systems
To extend the amended potential and its derivative at points with symmetry, two auxiliary functions obtained by blow-up will be introduced.
Symmetry breaking for toral actions in simple mechanical systems
But the general principles of the strategy of the proof having to do with a regularization of the amended potential at points with symmetry, where it is not a priori defined, remains the same.
Symmetry breaking for toral actions in simple mechanical systems
Relative equilibria and their characterizations for general symmetric mechanical systems and for simple ones in terms of the augmented and amended potentials are recalled in §3.
Symmetry breaking for toral actions in simple mechanical systems