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betterment

[bet-er-muh nt]
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noun
  1. the act or process of bettering; improvement.
  2. an improvement of property other than by mere repairs.

Origin of betterment

First recorded in 1590–1600; better1 + -ment
Related formsself-bet·ter·ment, noun
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  • But not for that did aunt Ann relinquish her quest for the betterment of the domestic world.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • Sista, there's some betterment in the weather, now; it teem't awhile ago.

  • The betterment not only of the British nations and America, but of all mankind, is and must be our object.

    Another Sheaf

    John Galsworthy

  • Self-reliance is ours and we must first use it for our own betterment.

    Evening Round Up

    William Crosbie Hunter

  • It is the only thing of its kind for the betterment of the colored farmers.

    Booker T. Washington

    Emmett J. Scott and Lyman Beecher Stowe


British Dictionary definitions for betterment

betterment

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 betterment

n.

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

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