What does the word ameliorate mean?

Usage examples for ameliorate

  1. No, I am neither aristocrat nor democrat; I am a man, and an ardent partisan of all which can ameliorate and perfect the whole man, whether he be born at the summit or at the foot of the social ladder. – Celebrated Women Travellers of the Nineteenth Century by W. H. Davenport Adams
  2. To punish is just, to ameliorate is charitable. – Lectures on the true, the beautiful and the good by Victor Cousin