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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (3)

1. the act of relieving ills and changing for the better;
[syn: amelioration, melioration, betterment]

2. a condition superior to an earlier condition;
- Example: "the new school represents a great improvement"
[syn: improvement, melioration]

3. the linguistic process in which over a period of time a word grows more positive in connotation or more elevated in meaning;


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Melioration \Mel`io*ra"tion\, n. [L. melioratio.] The act or operation of meliorating, or the state of being meliorated; improvement. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

melioration n 1: the act of relieving ills and changing for the better [syn: amelioration, melioration, betterment] 2: a condition superior to an earlier condition; "the new school represents a great improvement" [syn: improvement, melioration] [ant: declination, decline] 3: the linguistic process in which over a period of time a word grows more positive in connotation or more elevated in meaning