- a making or being made better; improvement
- Law an improvement that increases the value of property and is more extensive than mere repairs
The definition of betterment is a more favorable condition.
An example of betterment is the unemployment rate in the U.S. going from 9.325% in 2010 to 8.25% in 2012.
- An improvement over what has been the case: financial betterment.
- Law An improvement beyond normal upkeep and repair that adds to the value of real property.
- Especially has this been manifested by the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce and by the Municipal Association, an organization of influential professional and business men, which, by issuing bulletins concerning candidates at the primaries and at election time, has done much for the betterment of local politics.
- Under the conditions of free labour, the development of railways abroad, the improvement of machinery both in cane and beet producing countries, the general competition of the beet, and the fall of prices, it was impossible for the Cuban industry to survive without radical betterment of methods.
- Every avenue toward the betterment of their condition was practically closed.
- His strong common sense and sound practical judgment led him to adopt a policy of conciliation towards the native princes, and to promote measures tending to the betterment of the condition of the people.
- Wheat is grown year after year without rotation - except in a few cases - on a third or more of our wheat acreage; not one acre in fifty is directly fertilized for the crop, and only a minimum amount of attention is given to the betterment of seed stock.