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betterment

[bet-er-muh nt] /ˈbɛt ər mənt/
noun
1.
the act or process of bettering; improvement.
2.
an improvement of property other than by mere repairs.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; better1 + -ment
Related forms
self-betterment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for self-betterment

betterment

/ˈbɛtəmənt/
noun
1.
a change for the better; improvement
2.
(property law) an improvement effected on real property that enhances the value of the property
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Word Origin and History for self-betterment

betterment

n.

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

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