verb (used with or without object), mel·io·rat·ed, mel·io·rat·ing.
Origin of meliorate
verb (used with or without object), a·mel·io·rat·ed, a·mel·io·rat·ing.
Origin of ameliorate
Examples from the Web for meliorate
Rather let us say that that is very natural which nature permits us to meliorate in her handiwork.The Training of a Public Speaker|Grenville Kleiser
They refine the mind, they elevate views, they meliorate passions and keep alive affections.
To shorten and meliorate your way, I have determined to sacrifice every inferior consideration.Memoirs of Emma Courtney|Mary Hays
They must suppress the workings of British philanthropy, seeking to meliorate the condition of the unfortunate West Indian slave.The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Volume Two|Abraham Lincoln
Will this rapid intellectual progress tend ultimately to meliorate the condition of mankind?Curiosities of Medical Experience|J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
Word Origin for ameliorate
1550s, "to make better," back-formation from melioration or else from Late Latin melioratus, past participle of Latin meliorare "improve," from melior "better," used as comparative of bonus "good," but probably originally meaning "stronger," from PIE root *mel- "strong, great, numerous" (see multi-). Related: Meliorated; meliorating; melioration; meliorative.
1728, perhaps a back-formation from amelioration on pattern of French améliorer. The simpler form meliorate was used in Middle English. Related: Ameliorated; ameliorating.