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mel·io·rate

 (mēl′yə-rāt′, mē′lē-ə-)
v. mel·io·rat·ed, mel·io·rat·ing, mel·io·rates
v.tr.
To make better; improve.
v.intr.
To grow better.

[Latin meliōrāre, meliōrāt-, from melior, better; see mel- in Indo-European roots.]

mel′io·ra·ble (-rə-bəl) adj.
mel′io·ra′tive adj. & n.
mel′io·ra′tor n.
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Adj.1.meliorative - tending to amelioratemeliorative - tending to ameliorate    
bettering - changing for the better
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These principles need to be judged comparatively and melioratively by their concrete practical consequences.