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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
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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


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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