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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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.meliorist - a disputant who advocates reformmeliorist - a disputant who advocates reform  
controversialist, disputant, eristic - a person who disputes; who is good at or enjoys controversy
abolitionist, emancipationist - a reformer who favors abolishing slavery
birth-control campaigner, birth-control reformer - a social reformer who advocates birth control and family planning
Chartist - a 19th century English reformer who advocated better social and economic conditions for working people
civil rights activist, civil rights leader, civil rights worker - a leader of the political movement dedicated to securing equal opportunity for members of minority groups
protester, demonstrator - someone who participates in a public display of group feeling
dry, prohibitionist - a reformer who opposes the use of intoxicating beverages
conservationist, environmentalist - someone who works to protect the environment from destruction or pollution
flower child, hippie, hippy, hipster - someone who rejects the established culture; advocates extreme liberalism in politics and lifestyle
freedom fighter, insurgent, insurrectionist, rebel - a person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority (especially in the hope of improving conditions)
activist, militant - a militant reformer
non-resistant, passive resister - a reformer who believes in passive resistance
preservationist - someone who advocates the preservation of historical sites or endangered species or natural areas
Utopian - an idealistic (but usually impractical) social reformer; "a Utopian believes in the ultimate perfectibility of man"
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(374) And meliorist proposals for more demanding judicial
Bibas, supra note 14, at 61 (describing the difference between a "radical" and a "meliorist" approach to criminal justice reform and describing the "radical" approach as "condemn[ing] lesser reforms as papering over injustice").
Tullock was a sober realist and a meliorist who looked at life as entailing a continuing parade of predicaments with which to deal and most certainly not as some dilemma to escape or avoid.
This paper, therefore, interrogates the dialectics of cultural conflicts among world's different civilizations and calls for a better world order structured by the 'meliorist' mindset.
That lets New York magazine's house politico play the practical-minded meliorist agog at his own cohort's naivete.
I say "veers towards" because the distinction I make between eutopia and utopia do not hinge on the categories existent/inexistent, but on those of possible (plausible)/impossible (implausible); thus, according to my systematisation, Zuccolo's Evandria, a meliorist mimetic rather than fantastic fiction, also remains, together with San Marino, a eutopia and does not belong to the species of outopias.
One side is mildly meliorist, tied closely to the finance-driven model of growth, open to the business lobbies, favorable to trade deals, prone to compromise on Social Security, and to elevate con jobs like microfinance to the status of major public policy achievements.
It was a hideous embarrassment to the prevailing Meliorist myth ...
In Classics, by contrast, he was a meliorist who believed that ancient texts, over the centuries, could be gradually improved and restored to an approximation of their original state.
Given a) the prevalence of social gospel ideas in the Protestant churches at the time, b) information about course content available from course descriptions and reading lists, and c) evidence from secondary sources, there is little doubt that the sociology of the period was deeply influenced by the Christian meliorist ideas of the social gospel.
While his oeuvre as a whole demonstrates a great love for Britain, he is, in the end, a meliorist, standing firm between two extremes." (Joe Pellegrino, "Mughals, Music, and The Crown of India Masque: Reassessing Elgar and the Raj," South Asian Review 31, no.
WHILE ALL THIS SOUNDS CONGENIAL to libertarian ears, Peter Schuck is a lifelong Democrat and self-described "militant moderate." He comes not to condemn but to conduct a systematic examination of government performance "in a pragmatic, moderate, meliorist spirit." Why Government Fails So Often--And How It Can Do Better is a model of learning and scholarship, an eminently teachable book that will surely enrich many undergraduate courses in American politics and policy.