- the belief that the world naturally tends to get better and, esp., that this tendency can be furthered by human effort
- the betterment of society by improving people's health, living conditions, etc.
Origin of meliorismClassical Latin melior, better (see meliorate) + -ism
- The belief that the human condition can be improved through concerted effort.
- The belief that there is an inherent tendency toward progress or improvement in the human condition.
Origin of meliorismLatin melior, better; see mel-2 in Indo-European roots + –ism.
From Latin melior (“better") +"Ž -ism. Reportedly coined by British author George Eliot in her letters, published in 1877.