American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or an instance of ameliorating.
- n. The state of being ameliorated; improvement.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of ameliorating, or the state of being ameliorated; a making or becoming better; improvement; melioration.
- n. A thing wherein improvement is realized; an improvement.
- n. The act of making better.
- n. an improvement
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of ameliorating, or the state of being ameliorated; making or becoming better; improvement; melioration.
- n. the act of relieving ills and changing for the better
- French amélioration (Wiktionary)
“The converse process, amelioration, is evident in the slang uses of wicked, deadly, and sick.”
“The Palestinians have shown nothing over the years if not a great willingness to reject short-term amelioration of living conditions on behalf of larger political principles.”
“Policy decisions should be based on semi-empirical 10-20 year maximum likelihood projections of current trends, with the idea of amelioration of possible negative climate effects, and, honestly, exploitation of any anticipated positive consequences.”
“As for the general interest in social amelioration, that is the worst sign of all.”
“The images of dead babies, looking like baby dolls rather than fragmented remains which appeared yesterday, have been cited by Ms. Philips herself as a kind of amelioration of the situation.”
“Here are all these northern liberals from Wisconsin, Ohio, Arthur Morgan and [David] Lilienthal and these people are real liberal folks, but the policies at TVA really did not contribute much at all to any kind of amelioration of racial problems — in hiring let alone the people who were displaced by dams, jobs within TVA.”
“There has been produced an abundant literature in which traditional Christian ethics take ample account of modern social investigations and the theories thus formulated have created a movement for social amelioration which is playing a notable part in the present-day history of Europe.”
“But luckily I was in the 'Fifth Reader' then, and had happened to have 'amelioration' in my spelling-lesson only a few days before; so I spoke up and said, 'Oh, yes, Dr. Longman, he is a great deal better, and he is really hungry to-day.”
“The key word for Jefferson was "amelioration," and it included several stages of national and moral development.”
“The postmodern comedy in the work of Pynchon or Barth or Barthelme doesn't seek to "correct" behaviors and institutions that threaten individual autonomy or impede social progress; it portrays such threats and obstructions as inherent to human life and thus unfortunately not much subject to amelioration.”
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