improvement

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noun

an act of improving or the state of being improved.
a change or addition by which a thing is improved.
a person or thing that represents an advance on another in excellence or achievement: The new landlord is a great improvement over his greedy predecessor.
a bringing into a more valuable or desirable condition, as of land or real property; betterment.
something done or added to real property that increases its value.
profitable use, as of a period of time.

Origin of improvement

1400–50; late Middle English improuement < Anglo-French emprouement something profitable (especially exploitation of land). See improve, -ment
Related formsnon·im·prove·ment, nounpre·im·prove·ment, noun

Synonyms for improvement

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Examples from the Web for non-improvement

Historical Examples of non-improvement

  • Your ancestors are responsible for the weaknesses you inherit, but you are responsible for non-improvement.

    Born Again

    Alfred Lawson


British Dictionary definitions for non-improvement

improvement

noun

the act of improving or the state of being improved
something that improves, esp an addition or alteration
alteration of the structure, fixtures, fittings, or decor of a building without changing its functionCompare conversion (def. 9)
(usually plural) Australian and NZ a building or other works on a piece of land, adding to its value
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Word Origin and History for non-improvement

improvement

n.

mid-15c., enprowment "management of something for profit," from Anglo-French emprowement, from emprouwer "turn to profit" (see improve). Meaning "betterment; amelioration" is from 1640s. Meaning "buildings, etc. on a piece of property" is from 1773. Related: Improvements.

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