meliorism

[ meel-yuh-riz-uh m, mee-lee-uh- ]
/ ˈmil yəˌrɪz əm, ˈmi li ə- /

noun

the doctrine that the world tends to become better or may be made better by human effort.

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Origin of meliorism

1855–60; < Latin melior better + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM meliorism

mel·io·rist, noun, adjectivemel·io·ris·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for melioristic

meliorism
/ (ˈmiːlɪəˌrɪzəm) /

noun

the notion that the world can be improved by human effort

Derived forms of meliorism

meliorist, adjective, nounmelioristic, adjective

Word Origin for meliorism

C19: from Latin melior better
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