[bet-er-muh nt]


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 formsself-bet·ter·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of betterment

  • 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.

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