the doctrine that the world tends to become better or may be made better by human effort.
For a life worthy to be lived is one that is full of active aspiration, for something higher and better; and such a contemplation of the world we call meliorism.
— Paul Carus , Monism and Meliorism , 1885
The leaders rejected the soft meliorism of more secular activists, the idea that significant progress could be made through consciousness-raising and education campaigns, through consensus and gradual reform.
— David Brooks , “The Ideas Behind the March,” The New York Times , 2013
Meliorism entered English in the late 1800s. It comes from the Latin word melior meaning “better.”