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[self-im-proov-muh nt, self-] /ˈsɛlf ɪmˈpruv mənt, ˌsɛlf-/
improvement of one's mind, character, etc., through one's own efforts.
Origin of self-improvement
First recorded in 1735-45
Related forms
self-improvable, adjective
self-improver, noun
self-improving, adjective Unabridged
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  • Among the Scandinavians the spirit of self-improvement is very strong.

    The Old World in the New Edward Alsworth Ross
  • They think not of self-improvement, and scarcely desire to be benefited in this way.

    The Printer Boy. William M. Thayer
  • Every one who has sought for self-improvement recognises the necessity.

  • He laid it out in books, and such things as aided him in self-improvement.

    The Printer Boy. William M. Thayer
  • It is not by self-improvement, but by new birth we reach the blessed kingdom of God.

    The Assembly of God C. (Charles) H. (Henry) Mackintosh
British Dictionary definitions for self-improvement


the improvement of one's status, position, education, etc, by one's own efforts
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Word Origin and History for self-improvement

also self improvement, 1748, from self- + improvement.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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