[meel-yuh-riz-uh m, mee-lee-uh-] /ˈmil yəˌrɪz əm, ˈmi li ə-/

the doctrine that the world tends to become better or may be made better by human effort.
the notion that the world can be improved by human effort

“belief that the world tends to become better,” 1868, from Latin melior (see meliorate) + -ism. Related: Meliorist (1835).


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