melioration

Definitions of melioration
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n the act of relieving ills and changing for the better

Synonyms:
amelioration, betterment
Type of:
improvement
the act of improving something

n a condition superior to an earlier condition

Synonyms:
improvement
Antonyms:
declination, decline
a condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state
Types:
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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
Type of:
condition, status
a state at a particular time

n the linguistic process in which over a period of time a word grows more positive in connotation or more elevated in meaning

Type of:
drift
a process of linguistic change over a period of time

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