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tr. & intr.v. a·me·lio·rat·ed, a·me·lio·rat·ing, a·me·lio·rates
To make or become better; improve: Volunteers were able to ameliorate conditions in the refugee camp. Conditions are ameliorating.

[Alteration of meliorate.]

a·mel′io·ra·ble (-rə-bəl) adj.
a·mel′io·ra′tive adj.
a·mel′io·ra′tor n.
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Adj.1.ameliorative - tending to ameliorateameliorative - tending to ameliorate    
bettering - changing for the better
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