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[self-im-proov-muh nt, self-]
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  1. improvement of one's mind, character, etc., through one's own efforts.
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Origin of self-improvement

First recorded in 1735–45
Related formsself-im·prov·a·ble, adjectiveself-im·prov·er, nounself-im·prov·ing, adjective
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  • For when a thing has once been done as well as it wants to be, it is of no further interest to the self-improver.

    Familiar Studies of Men and Books

    Robert Louis Stevenson

British Dictionary definitions for self-improver


  1. the improvement of one's status, position, education, etc, by one's own efforts
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Word Origin and History for self-improver



also self improvement, 1748, from self- + improvement.

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