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[bet-er-muh nt] /ˈbɛt ər mənt/
the act or process of bettering; improvement.
an improvement of property other than by mere repairs.
Origin of betterment
1590-1600; better1 + -ment
Related forms
self-betterment, noun Unabridged
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  • He is not out only for himself but for others as well as the betterment of his university.
  • But business education is fundamentally about personal betterment.
  • She was a tireless fighter for civic betterment in many areas of her beloved city's life.
  • Island people are taking back control of their oceans for the betterment of all.
  • There were other players who gave interviews to be entertaining without thinking about the betterment of the team.
  • It is two opposite turning gears doing work for the betterment of the people.
  • Contrary to economic lore, soccer success does not translate into national economic betterment.
  • And they've said that this new and vast potential of atomic energy must be put to the betterment of life for all peoples.
  • Let all patriots unite and work for the betterment of all.
  • Highly skilled immigrants should be welcomed more for the betterment of the society, economy and the country.
British Dictionary definitions for betterment


a change for the better; improvement
(property law) an improvement effected on real property that enhances the value of the property
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Word Origin and History for betterment

1590s, from better (v.) + -ment.

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