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 (mēl′yə-rĭz′əm, mē′lē-ə-)
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.

[Latin melior, better; see mel- in Indo-European roots + -ism.]

mel′io·rist n.
mel′io·ris′tic adj.


(Philosophy) the notion that the world can be improved by human effort
[C19: from Latin melior better]
ˈmeliorist adj, n
ˌmelioˈristic adj


(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.
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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
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.meliorism - the belief that the world can be made better by human effortmeliorism - the belief that the world can be made better by human effort
belief - any cognitive content held as true
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Efforts to seize the Kingdom by violence, passive withdrawal from corruption to await the Second Coming, or melioristic reform efforts--all these and other responses," notes historian James Moorhead, "have been adduced from eschatological symbols.
a Pandora's box of melioristic, unpredictable, inventive, or simply perverse-curious adventures, abandoning the conservative spirit of genetic repair for the path of creative arrogance.
This is not to say, however, that Quicksand celebrates the liberating and melioristic possibilities of pragmatism.
He tells much about the nature of the melioristic activity--adding, as we will see, his own commentary.
On the contrary the era burned with the passion of civic idealism and melioristic vision.
In a fundamental sense, this study honors philosophically the melioristic tradition of science.
37) However, all the stakeholders, including theologians, involved in the debates regarding ethical challenges in translational medicine, and therefore in stem cell research, accept the melioristic destiny of the human beings.
I can hear Jane Austen in her own private space saying, If people could survey my soul, very much like the soul of Anne Elliot, profoundly melancholic and yet still melioristic, which is to say sad but still tied to betterment, sad but still believing that maybe the best is yet to come, but that might not be saying a lot because I haven't had too much of the best.
Melioristic research would be research that pays attention to (1) the ends we desire, (2) the means of achieving those ends, and (3) how and where these means will actually be instantiated.
3) Indeed, I hope to show that these last-mentioned types of pluralism are distinct from the sense in which James most often used the term: namely, as a shorthand for his metaphysical pluralism, which includes both his "each-form" view of the world (we might call this, more specifically, his commitment to ontological pluralism) and his pluralistic, melioristic, and panpsychic religious worldview (hereafter, James's pluralistic religious worldview).
Vision basically designates an eschatological horizon, a melioristic open trend--not a teleological one.
Skowronski's consideration in Chapter 6 of the relationship between the melioristic tendency in pragmatism and aesthetics--specifically, as they relate to the works of Dewey, Shusterman, and Margolis--is wide-ranging, cleverly drawing in considerations of decidedly non-pragmatic thinkers such as Nietzsche and Freud (see, e.