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amend

v. to alter or change by adding, subtracting, or substituting. One can amend a statute, a contract or a written pleading filed in a law suit. The change is usually called an amendment. The legislature will amend a statute, the parties to a contract can amend it, and a party to a lawsuit can amend his or her own pleading. A contract can be amended only by the parties participating in the contract. If the contract is written, it can be amended only in writing (although curiously enough an oral contract can be amended orally or in writing). A pleading can be amended before it is served on the other party, by stipulation or agreement in court between the parties (actually usually between their attorneys), or upon order of the court. (See: amended complaint, statute, stipulation)

amend

verb add to, adjust, alter, ameliorate, better, change, correct, corrigere, edit, emend, emendare, enhance, enrich, improve, mend, modify, perfect, polish, rectify, refashion, refine, reform, remedy, remove faults, renew, revamp, revise, rework, rewrite, upgrade
Associated concepts: amend a certificate of incorporation, amend a law, amend a pleading, amend a statute, amend a will
See also: adjust, alter, convert, edit, emend, fix, meliorate, modify, reconsider, rectify, reform, rehabilitate, remedy, renew, renovate, repair, resolve, restore, revise, supplement
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Such evidence, Justice Stevens argued, demonstrated that the Amenders expected "the right to bear arms" to bear an intrinsic relationship to service in the militia as a citizen army, rather than protect private weapons possession for self-defense as Scalia had held.
Although the Act includes a "sunset" provision, under which the changes made by the act will end on December 31, 2005, the amenders to the grand jury disclosure rules are specifically excepted from the sunset provision.
Meanwhile, back on the conference floor in the Omni Shoreham Hotel, an urbane Trautman successfully repelled attempts to either change or delay the Sacramentary vote, including sorties by the amazing amender, Bruskewitz.