Origin of amendsMiddle English from OFr, plural of amende, a fine: see amend
- Amends is defined as compensation for harm.
An example of amends may be the payment in accordance with terms of a lawsuit brought against a defendant who had harmed the plaintiff.
- The definition of amends means to apologize or make a poor situation better.
An example of someone making amends is a husband bringing home flowers to his wife after an argument.
plural nounused with a sing. or pl. verb
Origin of amendsMiddle English amendes from Old French pl. of amende reparation from amender to amend ; see amend .
Usually found as to make amends.
- third-person singular simple present indicative form of amend
- (law) Abbreviation of amendments.
This is the customary abbreviation of this term as used in legal citation. See, e.g., The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, Nineteenth Edition (2010), "Subdivisions", Table T16, p. 472-73.
- Having been excommunicated for this by the pope, he promised to make amends to the church; but he died in 1223 before doing anything to fulfil his engagement.
- I will make amends for my behavior.
- Mrs. Thrale rallied him, soothed him, coaxed him, and if she sometimes provoked him by her flippancy, made ample amends by listening to his reproofs with angelic sweetness of temper.
- Just to make amends, I won't even press you on why you were worried in the first place.
- How obligated was she to make amends for something an entirely different person had done?