amelioration

[uh-meel-yuh-rey-shuhn, uh-mee-lee-uh-]
noun
1.
an act or instance of ameliorating; the state of being ameliorated.
2.
something that ameliorates; an improvement.
3.
melioration ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1790–1800; ameliorate + -ion


depreciation, pejoration.
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amelioration (əˌmiːljəˈreɪʃən)
 
n
1.  the act or an instance of ameliorating or the state of being ameliorated
2.  something that ameliorates; an improvement
3.  linguistics Also called: elevation (of the meaning of a word) a change from pejorative to neutral or positively pleasant. The word nice has achieved its modern meaning by amelioration from the earlier sense foolish, silly

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amelioration
1650s, from Fr. amélioration, from O.Fr. ameillorer (12c.), from a "to" + meillior (Mod.Fr. meìlleur) "to better," from L.L. meliorare "improve," from L. melior "better," perhaps originally "stronger," and related to Gk. mala "very, very much."
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Example sentences
It is an angry work, filled with bitterness about the impossibility of amelioration.
Early amelioration work released noxious smells in the neighborhood, and the evacuation area was widened.
Time and its natural experiences are doing their work of amelioration.
Solutions to these problems will also result in amelioration of the global warming problem, if it exists.
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