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amendment
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
an amendment to the constitution (=a change)
▪ the First Amendment to the American Constitution
constitutional reform/change/amendment
▪ a proposal for constitutional reform
move an amendmentBritish English (= suggest a change)
▪ They want to move an amendment to the bill.
propose a motion/amendment/resolution etc
▪ The resolution was proposed by the chairman of the International Committee.
second a motion/proposal/amendment etc
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
constitutional
▪ It could, however, have made clear the difference between constitutional amendment and political revolution.
▪ Do we need a new constitutional amendment?
▪ It also passed enabling legislation to allow further constitutional amendments to be made in the wake of the peace treaty.
▪ They might remember also that without bipartisan accommodation the graduated income tax never would have become a constitutional amendment.
▪ The publication of draft constitutional amendments in October 1988 led to widespread public protests.
▪ In 1948, a Republican-controlled Congress approved a constitutional amendment limiting a president to two four-year terms.
▪ Voters also overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment which would limit state legislators to no more than 12 years in office.
▪ The proposed balanced-budget constitutional amendment will be brought up in February or early March, he said.
labour
▪ That was music to the ears of Tory Euro-rebels who planned to back the Labour amendment.
▪ On the other hand there is nothing in the Labour amendment which many of them would oppose anyway.
minor
▪ The itinerary may be subject to minor amendment.
▪ I therefore enclose a copy of the text of the HIV/AIDS Readyguide with some minor amendments marked.
▪ The draft statement had to undergo some further minor amendment, but was substantially accepted by the executive.
proposed
▪ And the proposed amendment gives authority to do that.
▪ So an embarrassed clerk in the table office wrote to Mr Wilson, advising him of proposed amendments to his motion.
▪ Twenty-one days' notice of any proposed alterations, amendments or additions shall be given to the Secretary in writing.
▪ The Secretary shall notify the members of such proposed alterations, amendments or additions, at least fourteen days prior to the Meeting.
▪ Stenholm's proposed amendment required the President to submit a balanced budget to Congress each year.
▪ On Nov. 17, Havel broadcast his proposed amendments to the referendum law and the existing Constitution.
■ NOUN
budget
▪ Any balanced budget amendment has to have some exceptions and some implementation provisions.
▪ Senate debate on the proposed balanced budget amendment could begin as early as next week.
▪ If so, a balanced budget amendment could leave the budget-cutting job to the courts.
▪ Without the balanced budget amendment, the jury remains out on both questions.
▪ And this probably explains why the balanced budget amendment to the Constitution seemed to be in trouble last week.
▪ I believe the balanced budget amendment proposal would subject the nation to unacceptable economic risks in perpetuity.
▪ The balanced budget amendment forces Washington to live up to its responsibilities and address budget issues honestly.
gallegly
▪ President Clinton had threatened a veto of the immigration bill if it included the Gallegly amendment.
▪ The House approved a version of the immigration bill with the Gallegly amendment in it.
▪ But President Clinton has threatened a veto if it contains the Gallegly amendment.
▪ The tide on Capitol Hill appeared to be turning against the Gallegly amendment.
■ VERB
accept
▪ I know that the Minister believes that, and I hope that he will accept amendment No. 3.
▪ Do the Government accept the amendment?
▪ It was also a result of the government's willingness to accept significant amendments to the bill.
▪ This document won praise from the liberal majority at the Council, and was readily accepted, subject to a few amendments.
▪ I can not, therefore, accept amendment No. 72.
▪ During this stage, the government may accept amendments or amend its own bill if deficiencies in drafting come to light.
adopt
▪ Congress may adopt a racial-justice amendment that would allow blacks to appeal against conviction on the ground of systematic racial bias.
▪ The Council may adopt any amendment to the decisions which it may deem appropriate. 21.
allow
▪ It also passed enabling legislation to allow further constitutional amendments to be made in the wake of the peace treaty.
▪ Arrange your information in pencil to allow for amendments. 4.
approve
▪ Council confirmed its response to comments and approved a number of amendments.
▪ On December 13, 1973, the House of Representatives approved the Jackson-Vanik amendment by an overwhelming vote of 388 to 44.
▪ Earlier the government had approved amendments codifying foreign exchange regulations to enable foreign companies to repatriate profits.
▪ Already 49 of the 50 states have approved resolutions calling on Congress to approve the amendment.
▪ It then approved an amendment calling for a new law on forming a government by July.
▪ In 1948, a Republican-controlled Congress approved a constitutional amendment limiting a president to two four-year terms.
▪ On Dec. 23 the Assembly approved a number of amendments to foreign investment legislation in order to attract more foreign companies.
▪ Voters also overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment which would limit state legislators to no more than 12 years in office.
balance
▪ Any balanced budget amendment has to have some exceptions and some implementation provisions.
▪ Senate debate on the proposed balanced budget amendment could begin as early as next week.
▪ If so, a balanced budget amendment could leave the budget-cutting job to the courts.
▪ Without the balanced budget amendment, the jury remains out on both questions.
▪ And this probably explains why the balanced budget amendment to the Constitution seemed to be in trouble last week.
▪ I believe the balanced budget amendment proposal would subject the nation to unacceptable economic risks in perpetuity.
▪ The balanced budget amendment forces Washington to live up to its responsibilities and address budget issues honestly.
call
▪ Conservatives insist that the new platform retain the 1992 abortion plank calling for a constitutional amendment outlawing abortion.
▪ Since 1984, the party platform has called for a constitutional amendment barring all abortions.
consider
▪ In addition to the case work, the committee has continued to keep the regulations under review and has considered a variety of amendments.
▪ Wednesday, the Senate is scheduled to consider the balanced-budget amendment, a notion that has been argued for decades.
▪ The commissions were to present the schemata already prepared, and consider amendments.
▪ Hearings to consider a Proposed constitutional amendment outlawing affirmative action were scheduled.
▪ Surely it would be right for the House to consider the Committee's amendments as soon as possible in this Session.
▪ The committee considers the amendments and votes on each clause one by one.
defeat
▪ The chances of the Government being defeated when amendment 27 is voted on in a few weeks are now difficult to judge.
▪ Lawmakers passed the bill after defeating two amendments that would have gutted it.
endorse
▪ Forbes said he disapproves of abortion, but he has refused to endorsed a constitutional amendment banning the procedure.
▪ In the end, the conference voted overwhelmingly to endorse the amendment.
include
▪ This law includes amendments to the penal code and the conditional release of approximately 38,000 prisoners.
▪ President Clinton had threatened a veto of the immigration bill if it included the Gallegly amendment.
▪ The House has already approved an immigration bill that includes an amendment sponsored by Rep.
introduce
▪ New clauses will be debated and the government will introduce amendments which it has undertaken to introduce.
▪ Lindell said that if he is elected in November, he would introduce the proposed amendment during the 1997 regular session.
▪ But Newsom introduced an amendment to extend it to all areas.
▪ Still, they encouraged conservative members to introduce amendments that would weaken the impact of an increase on business.
make
▪ I invite Opposition Members to acknowledge the concessions that I have made and to withdraw amendments Nos. 75 and 76.
▪ Last November, he publicly outlined a list of changes he said would make the amendment less objectionable.
▪ The House should reject the amendment, but should be assured that we have taken on board the point made by the amendment.
▪ Please read it carefully and make any amendments necessary.
▪ The Administration of Justice Act itself makes amendments to some legislation referring to solicitors.
▪ We made amendments to our procedures on the advice of the support group, but we still expected negative comments.
▪ I would like to make a slight amendment.
▪ Exchanges found themselves having to make material amendments to their rules and practices, in order to secure recognition.
move
▪ On third Reading, he moved a second amendment to make racially discriminatory behaviour by the police a specific disciplinary offence.
▪ Backbenchers moved 3510 amendments, only 171 being carried and most of these were not opposed by the government.
offer
▪ Barney Frank, D-Mass., offered two amendments to gut the bill.
▪ Democrats accused him of denying them the ability to offer amendments.
oppose
▪ The Law Society vigorously opposed the restrictive amendment.
▪ Republicans have complained that Democrats are using Social Security scare tactics to incite seniors groups and others to oppose the constitutional amendment.
▪ Formally, the Democratic leadership in both chambers opposed the Helms amendment.
▪ My second reason for opposing the amendment spans economics and politics.
▪ Among Republicans opposing the amendment are Texas Sens.
▪ Sixty-four percent said they opposed an amendment, 28 percent said they favored the proposal.
pass
▪ On August 13 parliament passed an amendment to the code of criminal procedure restricting the rights of those remanded in custody.
▪ Lott is known to have reservations about whether he has enough Democratic support to pass the amendment.
▪ The Nov. 4 referendum proposed that a simple majority should in future be sufficient to pass constitutional amendments.
▪ But the odds of passing the amendment are slim.
▪ However, there is a distinction between that and passing a constitutional amendment.
▪ Both houses must pass an amendment by a two-thirds margin and three-fourths of the states then must ratify it.
propose
▪ He proposed an amendment to the poll tax to take account of ability to pay and split the Conservative Party in 1988.
▪ Senate debate on the proposed balanced budget amendment could begin as early as next week.
▪ Successful operation is obviously the way to achieve that not by giving employees a veto as proposed in amendment No. 3.
▪ He did not mention the other proposed amendments, although in the past he has supported all but one.
▪ The proposed balanced-budget constitutional amendment will be brought up in February or early March, he said.
▪ Lindell said that if he is elected in November, he would introduce the proposed amendment during the 1997 regular session.
▪ But those proposed amendments are merely the ones that generate the most political heat.
▪ Allowing citizens to propose their own constitutional amendments.
reject
▪ The House voted 208-217 to reject an amendment that would have phased out the program over five years.
▪ Suitably impressed, last week the parliament rejected the amendments that most annoyed the record companies.
▪ The House should reject the amendment, but should be assured that we have taken on board the point made by the amendment.
require
▪ It also requires amendment to the Treaty of Rome.
▪ It would require a constitutional amendment.
▪ This has meant that some detailed provisions in standard forms of contract have required amendment.
▪ Extraordinary action was required to get the amendment to the floor for a vote.
▪ Even this grammar is not able to deal with all sentences, requiring constant improvement and amendments to be made.
▪ Congress began on March 24 its debate on the plan, whose implementation would require several amendments of the 1988 constitution.
▪ This Article does not require amendments or modifications to be registered, except where they constitute a new treaty.
suggest
▪ Somebody called to suggest an amendment to the rules governing the sponsorship.
support
▪ However, at the committee's latest meeting he supported two amendments dealing with the status of church shops and newsagents.
▪ But he supported an amendment that would have eased the restrictions.
▪ Does that mean that every Opposition Member who supports the amendment tonight is fully in favour of a single currency?
▪ I hope that the House will support the reasoned amendment, and that the whole project can be examined properly and thoroughly.
▪ If Torricelli, the last holdout, had supported the amendment, it looked likely to pass.
▪ I hope that hon. Members will support our amendment.
▪ Dole also supported an amendment to impose term limits on members of Congress, despite his own 35 years in that body.
table
▪ It would imply that Labour was ill-advised in ever tabling the amendment, and in believing it to undermine the opt-out.
▪ Both Texas senators, Phil Gramm and Hutchison, voted against tabling the amendment because they opposed the measures.
▪ He anticipated that the government might table amendments to the Bill as it passes through parliament.
▪ The Opposition have tabled a cluster of amendments.
vote
▪ Why should the Tory rebels vote for a wrecking amendment which has been rendered futile?
▪ Since convening in January 1995, the House has voted for amendments that required a balanced federal budget and forbade flag desecration.
▪ I ask Hon. Members to vote against amendment No. 17.
▪ The past 10 congresses averaged voting on one amendment apiece, according to Congressional Quarterly.
▪ Earlier in the evening, the House voted 209-212 against an amendment to phase out the federal peanut program over seven years.
▪ Both Texas senators, Phil Gramm and Hutchison, voted against tabling the amendment because they opposed the measures.
▪ Some Republicans who voted for the amendment in 1995, including Rep.
▪ Hyde voted to send the amendment to tbe House despite his opposition to it.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
plead/take the Fifth (Amendment)
put down a motion/an amendment
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Congress passed an amendment ensuring that the law was fairer to everyone.
▪ The committee proposed some amendments to the rules.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A separate amendment would empower the Bar Council to charge its members compulsory practising certificate fees for the first time.
▪ In his speech, Dole specifically endorsed only one of them, an amendment mandating a balanced budget.
▪ It took three constitutional amendments after the Civil War to overrule his decision.
▪ Senate debate on the proposed balanced budget amendment could begin as early as next week.
▪ Stenholm's proposed amendment required the President to submit a balanced budget to Congress each year.
▪ That was music to the ears of Tory Euro-rebels who planned to back the Labour amendment.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Amendment

Amendment \A*mend"ment\, n. [F. amendement, LL. amendamentum.]

  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 alternation made or proposed to be made in a bill or motion by adding, changing, substituting, or omitting.

  3. (Law) Correction of an error in a writ or process.

    Syn: Improvement; reformation; emendation.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
amendment

early 13c., "betterment, improvement;" c.1300, of persons, "correction, reformation," from Old French amendment, from amender (see amend). Sense expanded to include "correction of error in a legal process" (c.1600) and "alteration of a writ or bill" to remove its faults (1690s).

Wiktionary
amendment

n. 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 (context legal English) 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.

WordNet
amendment
  1. n. the act of amending or correcting

  2. a statement that is added to or revises or improves a proposal or document (a bill or constitution etc.)

Wikipedia
Amendment

An amendment is a formal or official change made to a law, contract, constitution, or other legal document. It is based on the verbto 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.

Usage examples of "amendment".

However, the Supreme Court declined to sustain Congress when, under the guise of enforcing the Fourteenth Amendment by appropriate legislation, it enacted a statute which was not limited to take effect only in case a State should abridge the privileges of United States citizens, but applied no matter how well the State might have performed its duty, and would subject to punishment private individuals who conspired to deprive anyone of the equal protection of the laws.

This dictum became, two years later, accepted doctrine when the Court invalidated a State law on the ground that it abridged freedom of speech contrary to the due process clause of Amendment XIV.

Fourteenth Amendment, as an abridgment of a privilege or immunity of citizens of the United States.

Fourteenth Amendment which secures the privileges and immunities of citizens of the United States against abridgment or impairment by the law of a State.

Arguments that may now be adduced to prove that the first eight Amendments were concealed within the historic phrasing of the Fourteenth Amendment were not unknown at the time of its adoption.

An order enjoining certain steam railroads from discriminating against an electric railroad by denying it reciprocal switching privileges did not violate the Fifth Amendment even though its practical effect was to admit the electric road to a part of the business being adequately handled by the steam roads.

The debate continued by adjournment up to February 28th, before any division or amendment took place: the opposition wishing to stop it on the very threshold.

It is very seldom in the history of political issues, even when partisan feeling is most deeply developed, that so absolute a division is found as was recorded upon the question of adopting the Fourteenth Amendment.

Dred Scott decision in,--a niche which would have been spoiled by adopting the amendment.

They appreciated the difference between voting for a bill of general amnesty which included Jefferson Davis without name, and voting for an amendment which named him and him only for restoration to eligibility to any office under the Government of the United States.

By the arbitrament of war, and by constitutional amendment, old questions, for a half-century the prime cause of sectional strife, had been irrevocably settled, and passed to the domain of history.

Now amendment for an offense committed against anyone is not made by merely ceasing to offend, but it is necessary to make some kind of compensation, which obtains in offenses committed against another, just as retribution does, only that compensation is on the part of the offender, as when he makes satisfaction, whereas retribution is on the part of the person offended against.

Nothing daunted, however, at this desertion, he gave notice that to-morrow he would move an amendment upon the report.

Constitution are fatal to the reservation of sovereignty by the States, the Constitution furnishes a conclusive answer in the amendment which was coeval with the adoption of the instrument, and which declares that all powers not delegated to the Government of the Union were reserved to the States or to the people.

In determining what constitutes just compensation for property requisitioned for war purposes during World War II, the Court has assumed that the Fifth Amendment is applicable to such takings.