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v. im·proved, im·prov·ing, im·proves
1. To raise to a more desirable or more excellent quality or condition; make better: Exercise can improve your health.
2. To increase the productivity or value of (land or property): improved the house by adding a bathroom.
1. To become better: Economic conditions are improving.
2. To make beneficial additions or changes: You can improve on the translation of that text.

[Middle English improwen, to enclose land for cultivation, from Anglo-Norman emprouwer, to turn to profit : Old French en-, causative pref. (from Latin in-; see in-2) + Old French prou, profit (from Late Latin prōde, advantageous; see proud).]

im·prov′a·ble adj.
im·prov′a·bly adv.
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Adj.1.improvable - susceptible of improvement
corrigible - capable of being corrected or set right; "a corrigible defect"; "a corrigible prisoner"
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That time which we really improve, or which is improvable, is neither past, present, nor future.
The young woman was very improvable, and spoke the languages; and wouldn't have been known for the same country-person.
In our own country, where it has not, until within these later days, been a very popular fashion with governments to display any extraordinary regard for the great mass of the people or to recognise their existence as improvable creatures, private charities, unexampled in the history of the earth, have arisen, to do an incalculable amount of good among the destitute and afflicted.
Perker had had a dinner-party that day, as was testified by the appearance of lights in the drawing-room windows, the sound of an improved grand piano, and an improvable cabinet voice issuing therefrom, and a rather overpowering smell of meat which pervaded the steps and entry.
According to Bolger and Wright (1994), expert judgment will outperform non-expert judgment to the degree that the task is learnable, meaning improvable in response to feedback on past performance.
(Achievement--more than ability, perhaps--might be thought of as improvable through better education.
Bush, There Are Two 'Tried' But 'Improvable' Models For Muslim Regimes To Choose: The Saddam Model Or The Qadhafi Model *** For Mr.
improvable description of the text-description of the specific relation
Unlike much of New England, for example, the Hudson Valley did not become home to extensive networks of industrial outwork: lower population densities and the availability of improvable land made commercial farming a more viable route to economic security here than in older-settled or less well-endowed areas.
The innate goodness of an improvable humanity, like the oversight of a benign deity, eroded along with faith in democratic institutions.
The policy outcomes of this kind of equilibrium are often improvable. Sargent noted that Marco Bassetto has recently analyzed these two polar cases and clarified their implications for the fiscal theory of the price level.
Robert Kelly improved the field photographs with his deft techniques, and Amanda Chiprout patiently converted my crudely drawn figures into images digestible and improvable by computer.