Melioristic



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

noun
1.
the doctrine that the world tends to become better or may be made better by human effort.
/ˈmiːlɪəˌrɪzəm/
noun
1.
the notion that the world can be improved by human effort
n.

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

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