betterment

[ bet-er-muh nt ]
/ ˈbɛt ər mənt /

noun

the act or process of bettering; improvement.
an improvement of property other than by mere repairs.

Nearby words

  1. better off,
  2. better part of,
  3. better safe than sorry,
  4. better than,
  5. better-off,
  6. betterment tax,
  7. betterton,
  8. betterton, thomas,
  9. betti,
  10. betti, ugo

Origin of betterment

First recorded in 1590–1600; better1 + -ment

Related formsself-bet·ter·ment, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for betterment

betterment

/ (ˈbɛtəmənt) /

noun

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

betterment

n.

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

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