Definition of meliorist in US English:


noun & adjective

  • See meliorism

    • ‘What Orwell offers by way of contrast to all this is a meliorist localism in politics and economics.’
    • ‘Walter Lipmann, a columnist who wrote in the middle years of the last century, called himself a meliorist.’
    • ‘Rejecting the quest for absolute certainty, it takes a meliorist attitude that human action sometimes can improve the world.’
    • ‘However, there is another option, often adopted in the liberal mainstream, which is based on a meliorist view of progress, and in principle always leans in the pacific direction.’
    • ‘One needn't be a global meliorist to contest her charge.’