Amendment vs Constitution - What's the difference?

amendment | constitution |

As a noun amendment

is an alteration or change for the better; correction of a fault or of faults; reformation of life by quitting vices.

As a proper noun constitution is

the supreme law of some countries, such as australia, ireland, and the united states.



(en noun)
  • An alteration or change for the better; correction of a fault or of faults; reformation of life by quitting vices.
  • In public bodies; Any alteration made or proposed to be made in a bill or motion that adds, changes, substitutes, or omits.
  • * 2014 , Ian Black, " Courts kept busy as Jordan works to crush support for Isis", The Guardian , 27 November 2014:
  • Arrests and prosecutions intensified after Isis captured Mosul in June, but the groundwork had been laid by an earlier amendment to Jordan’s anti-terrorism law. It is estimated that 2,000 Jordanians have fought and 250 of them have died in Syria – making them the third largest Arab contingent in Isis after Saudi Arabians and Tunisians.
  • (legal) Correction of an error in a writ or process.
  • An addition to and/or alteration to the Constitution.
  • The First Amendment guarantees freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition.
    The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution abolished slavery.
  • That which is added; that which is used to increase or supplement something.
  • a soil amendment


    * improvement * reformation

    See also

    * engrossed * * repeal





    (en noun)
  • The act, or process of setting something up, or establishing something; the composition or structure of such a thing; its makeup.
  • * Sir J. Herschel
  • the physical constitution of the sun
  • The formal or informal system of primary principles and laws that regulates a government or other institutions.
  • * Macaulay
  • Our constitution had begun to exist in times when statesmen were not much accustomed to frame exact definitions.
  • A legal document describing such a formal system.
  • The general health of a person.
  • A person's physique or temperament.
  • * Story
  • Our constitutions have never been enfeebled by the vices or luxuries of the old world.
  • * Clarendon
  • He defended himself with less passion than was expected from his constitution .

    Derived terms

    * constitutional * metaconstitution