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1. The belief that the human condition can be improved through concerted effort.
2. The belief that there is an inherent tendency toward progress or improvement in the human condition.
(Philosophy) the notion that the world can be improved by human effort
[C19: from Latin melior better]
ˈmeliorist adj, n
mel•io•rism(ˈmil yəˌrɪz əm, ˈmi li ə-)
the doctrine that the world tends to become better or may be made better by human effort.
[1855–60; < Latin melior better + -ism]
mel′io•rist, n., adj.
the doctrine that the world tends to become better of itself, or that it may improve more rapidly by proper human assistance. Cf. optimism, pessimism. — meliorist, n. — melioristic, adj.See also: Philosophy
the doctrine that the world tends to get better or may be made better by human effort. — meliorist, n., adj. — melioristic, adj.See also: Improvement