Definition of meliorate in English:



another term for ameliorate
‘This protection may take proactive forms, and may entail substantial efforts to manage future risk by meliorating the effects of authoritarianism elsewhere in the world.’
  • ‘This influence on me, of course, was meliorated by my father's vigorous activities as founder of one of the first Boy Scout troops in America, down in the slums of Philadelphia, among the children of European immigrants.’
  • ‘Obviously topical, the dialogue yields at times to the temptations of speechifying, but it is a pitfall meliorated by strong acting and direction.’
  • ‘Psychiatrist Ladislas von Meduna, M.D., hypothesizing an antagonism between epilepsy and schizophrenia, reasoned that chemically inducing convulsions might somehow meliorate the psychotic symptoms of schizophrenia.’
  • ‘When the Depression struck in 1929, and especially after Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal began trying to meliorate its effects, reformers hit a stone wall of conservatism on the high court.’
  • ‘Starting with the Missouri report, he began a campaign to have the organization do more than rely on the meliorating effect of public opinion.’



/ˈmēlyəˌrāt/ /ˈmiljəˌreɪt/


Mid 16th century from late Latin meliorat- ‘improved’ from the verb meliorare, based on melior ‘better’.