meliorable /meel"yeuhr euh beuhl, mee"lee euhr euh-/, adj.meliorative /meel"yeuh ray'tiv, -yeuhr euh tiv, mee"lee euh ray'-, -euhr euh-/, adj.meliorator, n.
/meel"yeuh rayt', mee"lee euh-/, v.t., v.i., meliorated, meliorating.
[1545-55; < L melioratus (ptp. of meliorare) to make better, improve, equiv. to melior- (s. of melior) better + -atus -ATE1]

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