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meliorism

[meel-yuh-riz-uh m, mee-lee-uh-] /ˈmil yəˌrɪz əm, ˈmi li ə-/
noun
1.
the doctrine that the world tends to become better or may be made better by human effort.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; < Latin melior better + -ism
Related forms
meliorist, noun, adjective
melioristic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for meliorism

meliorism

/ˈmiːlɪəˌrɪzəm/
noun
1.
the notion that the world can be improved by human effort
Derived Forms
meliorist, adjective, noun
melioristic, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Latin melior better
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Word Origin and History for meliorism
n.

"belief that the world tends to become better," 1868, from Latin melior (see meliorate) + -ism. Related: Meliorist (1835).

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