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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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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.
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.
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).
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.
All of Foster's material is shaped, however, by an implicit eschatological vision of history, a problematic fact for those opposed to such a melioristic view of history.
The combined discoveries of Nicolle and Muller are compelling proof of the melioristic notion that the world becomes a better place through sustained human effort.
Whereas Legal Realism is rooted in Pragmatism, he contends, and thus is oriented towards legal reform responsive to social and economic developments, Critical Legal Studies came out of the New Left and is rooted in Critical Theory and Postmodernism, causing it to be openly hostile to the laudable melioristic aspects of Legal Realism.
Meanwhile, the drive to embrace ever more melioristic policies at home and abroad has twisted conservatism and led to policy failure in government.