What does the word amelioration mean?

Usage examples for amelioration

  1. All our friends at Manilla came to see us, and Anna was so pleased in seeing our little Henry admired that her health seemed to have improved considerably; but this apparent amelioration lasted but a few days, and soon, to my grief, I saw that she was growing worse than ever. – Adventures in the Philippine Islands by Paul P. de La Gironi√®re
  2. The Struggle against Barbarism No institution has contributed as much to the amelioration of human misery or struggled as patiently and persistently to influence society for good as the Christian church. – A Short History of Monks and Monasteries by Alfred Wesley Wishart
  3. I wish not to assert that the natives have been often treated with wanton cruelty, but I do not hesitate to say that no real amelioration of their condition has been effected, and that much of negative evil and indirect injury has been inflicted on them. – Journals Of Two Expeditions Of Discovery In North-West And Western Australia, Vol. 2 (of 2) by George Grey