melioration

Definitions of melioration
  1. noun
    the act of relieving ills and changing for the better
    synonyms: amelioration, betterment
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    improvement
    the act of improving something
  2. noun
    a condition superior to an earlier condition
    synonyms: improvement
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    Antonyms:
    declination, decline
    a condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state
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    betterment
    an improvement that adds to the value of a property or facility
    development
    a state in which things are improving; the result of developing (as in the early part of a game of chess)
    reformation
    improvement (or an intended improvement) in the existing form or condition of institutions or practices etc.; intended to make a striking change for the better in social or political or religious affairs
    refurbishment, renovation, restoration
    the state of being restored to its former good condition
    underdevelopment
    state of inadequate development
    counterreformation
    a reformation intended to counter the results of a prior reformation
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    condition, status
    a state at a particular time
  3. noun
    the linguistic process in which over a period of time a word grows more positive in connotation or more elevated in meaning
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    drift
    a process of linguistic change over a period of time
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