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Pronunciation:  u`meelyu'reyshun

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the act of relieving ills and changing for the better

AMELIORATION is a 12 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: betterment, melioration
 See Also: improvement



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\A*mel`io*ra"tion\, n. [Cf. F. am['e]lioration.]
The act of ameliorating, or the state of being ameliorated;
making or becoming better; improvement; melioration.
``Amelioration of human affairs.'' --J. S. Mill.

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