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meliorism

[meel-yuh-riz-uh m, mee-lee-uh-]
noun
1. the doctrine that the world tends to become better or may be made better by human effort.
Origin of meliorism
1855-1860

1855-60; < Latin melior better + -ism

Related form:
meliorist, noun, adjective
melioristic, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for meliorism
Historical Examples
  • meliorism,—the desire to better the conditions of life for themselves and for their children—animated them.

    The American Empire Scott Nearing
  • meliorism treats salvation as neither inevitable nor impossible.

    Pragmatism William James
  • So he becomes the eloquent apostle of meliorism, proclaiming his gospel without abatement.

    The Vitalized School Francis B. Pearson
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