“Calling them special interests sounds pejorative, and independent group sounds meliorative.”
“Israel's critics are often the same people who spent years denouncing George W. Bush's antagonistic attitude and are thrilled with Barack Obama's meliorative rhetoric.”
“The classic neoconservative tend to take a meliorative approach to society, see religion as providing a moral guide (they need not be religious themselves) and take a forceful democracy encouraging approach to foreign affairs.”
“To our mind, the best way to answer that question is to ponder this one: What evidence is there that Obama has had a meliorative effect on Jeremiah Wright or other like-minded supporters?”
“The danger is that he would show similar weakness on the world stage, and that America's enemies would find such weakness provocative rather than meliorative.”
“But basically, modern and uniform codes were mealymouthed or at best meliorative.”
“Their effect might be traced through the entire range of that schedule of non-invidious, meliorative enterprise that is so considerable a feature, and especially so conspicuous a feature, in the overt scheme of life of the well-to-do.”
“The requirements of decency are imperiously present in meliorative enterprise as in other lines of conduct, and exercise a selective surveillance over the details of conduct and management in any enterprise.”
“Beyond these the same animistic sense shows itself also in such attenuations of anthropomorphism as the eighteenth-century appeal to an order of nature and natural rights, and in their modern representative, the ostensibly post-Darwinian concept of a meliorative trend in the process of evolution.”
“That knowledge does not teach quietism, not at all; but we must learn to distinguish between meliorative action and millennial action.”
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