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[bet-er-muh nt] /ˈbɛt ər mənt/
the act or process of bettering; improvement.
an improvement of property other than by mere repairs.
Origin of betterment
First recorded in 1590-1600; better1 + -ment
Related forms
self-betterment, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The object of sociology is the betterment of society, the acceleration of social evolution.

  • 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
  • Mrs. Bruce believes that the platform of this or any other organization of women for woman's own betterment must be suffrage.

    Selina George Madden Martin
  • Anywhere, madam, for your betterment, to free you from that brute.

    Desert Dust Edwin L. Sabin
  • Throughout the land there was discontent and a yearning for betterment.

British Dictionary definitions for betterment


a change for the better; improvement
(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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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