Meliorism Mel"io*rism, n. [From L. melior better.] The doctrine that there is a tendency throughout nature toward improvement. --J. Sully. [1913 Webster]

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  • meliorism — MELIORÍSM s.n. Concepţie potrivit căreia lumea nu este nici cea mai rea cu putinţă, nici iremediabil rea, ci poate fi ameliorată sau este în curs de ameliorare. [pr.: li o ] – Din fr. méliorisme. Trimis de cornel, 31.05.2004. Sursa: DEX 98 … …   Dicționar Român

  • meliorism — (n.) belief that the world tends to become better, 1868, from L. melior (see MELIORATE (Cf. meliorate)) + ISM (Cf. ism). Related: Meliorist (1835) …   Etymology dictionary

  • meliorism — [mēl′yə riz΄əm] n. [L melior, better (see MELIORATE) + ISM] 1. the belief that the world naturally tends to get better and, esp., that this tendency can be furthered by human effort 2. the betterment of society by improving people s health,… …   English World dictionary

  • Meliorism — William James was an earlier adherent to meliorism as a halfway between metaphysical optimism and pessimism. This article is about the philosophical concept. For the political wing of the Italian Communist Party, see Meliorism (politics).… …   Wikipedia

  • meliorism — noun The view or doctrine that the world is neither entirely bad nor entirely good, and can be improved through human effort. Understood as an intermediate outlook, between optimism and pessimism. At the conve …   Wiktionary

  • meliorism — noun Date: 1877 the belief that the world tends to improve and that humans can aid its betterment • meliorist adjective or noun • melioristic adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • meliorism — meliorist, n., adj. melioristic, adj. /meel yeuh riz euhm, mee lee euh /, n. the doctrine that the world tends to become better or may be made better by human effort. [1855 60; < L melior better + ISM] * * * …   Universalium

  • MELIORISM —    the theory that there is in nature a tendency to better and better development …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • meliorism — the belief the world tends to become better Philosophical Isms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • meliorism — mɪːlɪərɪzm n. doctrine that supports repairing and improving the world by human actions …   English contemporary dictionary

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