- to make or become better, more bearable, or more satisfactory; improve: strategies to ameliorate negative effects on the environment.
Origin of ameliorate
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Examples from the Web for ameliorative
Continuity of ameliorative effort is the sole enthusiasm that can serve the cause of improvement.A Logic Of Facts
George Jacob Holyoake
No ameliorative, no palliative, no restrictive, no remedial measure will avail.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind
Herbert George Wells
A new Irish mind has now to be taken into account, and to be made part of any ameliorative Irish policy.Ireland In The New Century
There is among them a fine lite which responds to the appeal of the ideal and is found in every kind of ameliorative work.The Old World in the New
Edward Alsworth Ross
We may hazard a guess that most of the programme of ameliorative measures was the work of Engels, and perhaps the final section.Socialism
- to make or become better; improve
Word Origin and History for ameliorative
1728, perhaps a back-formation from amelioration on pattern of French améliorer. The simpler form meliorate was used in Middle English. Related: Ameliorated; ameliorating.