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  • gtatix
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    doing your homework for you am I? I'll take this as a personal challenge and help you see HOW I did it so you can do it next time:

    FIRST LETS ORGANIZE THE MEANINGS OF EACH, then we will disect them and observe the DIFFERENCES.


    1. an act of improving or the state of being improved.

    2. a change or addition by which a thing is improved.

    3. a person or thing that represents an advance on another in excellence or achievement: The new landlord is a great improvement over his greedy predecessor.

    4. a bringing into a more valuable or desirable condition, as of land or real property; betterment.

    5. something done or added to real property that increases its value.

    6. profitable use, as of a period of time.


    1. an act of improvising.

    2. something improvised.

    which means:

    1. to compose and perform or deliver without previous preparation; extemporize: to improvise an acceptance speech.

    2. to compose, play, recite, or sing (verse, music, etc.) on the spur of the moment.

    3. to make, provide, or arrange from whatever materials are readily available: We improvised a dinner from yesterday's leftovers.

    –verb (used without object) 4. to compose, utter, execute, or arrange anything extemporaneously: When the actor forgot his lines he had to improvise.


    1. the act of reforming; state of being reformed.


    1. the improvement or amendment of what is wrong, corrupt, unsatisfactory, etc.: social reform; spelling reform.

    2. an instance of this.

    3. the amendment of conduct, belief, etc.

    –verb (used with object) 4. to change to a better state, form, etc.; improve by alteration, substitution, abolition, etc.

    5. to cause (a person) to abandon wrong or evil ways of life or conduct.

    6. to put an end to (abuses, disorders, etc.).

    7. Chemistry. to subject to the process of reforming, as in refining petroleum.

    –verb (used without object) 8. to abandon evil conduct or error: The drunkard promised to reform.

    –adjective 9. (initial capital letter) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Reform Jews or Reform Judaism: a Reform rabbi.


    1. the act or process of developing; growth; progress: child development; economic development. This is the most relevant of many meanings


    1. the act or process of bettering; improvement.

    2. an improvement of property other than by mere repairs.



    1. encouragement of the progress or growth or acceptance of something [syn: promotion]

    2. the act of moving forward (as toward a goal) [syn: progress] [ant: retreat]

    3. gradual improvement or growth or development; "advancement of knowledge"; "great progress in the arts"

    again the most relevant of definitions.

    PROGRESS: below, 5 seems most relevant:

    1. a movement toward a goal or to a further or higher stage: the progress of a student toward a degree.

    2. developmental activity in science, technology, etc., esp. with reference to the commercial opportunities created thereby or to the promotion of the material well-being of the public through the goods, techniques, or facilities created.

    3. advancement in general.

    4. growth or development; continuous improvement: He shows progress in his muscular coordination.

    5. the development of an individual or society in a direction considered more beneficial than and superior to the previous level.

    6. Biology. increasing differentiation and perfection in the course of ontogeny or phylogeny.

    7. forward or onward movement: the progress of the planets.

    8. the forward course of action, events, time, etc.

    9. an official journey or tour, as by a sovereign or dignitary.

    –verb (used without object) progress 10. to go forward or onward in space or time: The wagon train progressed through the valley. As the play progressed, the leading man grew more inaudible.

    11. to grow or develop, as in complexity, scope, or severity; advance: Are you progressing in your piano studies? The disease progressed slowly.

    —Idiom12. in progress, going on; under way; being done; happening: The meeting was already in progress.


    I would group IMPROVISATION and REFORMATION in seperate locations......

    DEVELOPMENT BETTERMENT ADVANCEMENT PROGRESS and IMPROVEMENT will be in another group with a sort of hierarchy of terms.

    FIRST. IMPROVISATION is different from the rest as it is something which is done when nothing that is planned or executed works....improvisation may be implemented as a quick-fix or on-the-spot remedy in a crisis or critical situation where a decision or result is needed, using only what is immediately available.

    REFORMATION is similar only to IMPROVISATION - and NOT to the rest - in that a complete change - a start-from-scratch or a clean-slate approach is required BUT there is not the urgency which one would find when improvising. Time can be had to develop a reform/change and then implement it.

    The others would be best catagorized in THIS ORDER:



    Because Development is a sort of beginning point....Betterment and Improvement are pretty much the same thing but are more likely to be used to define a relatively small step or slightly positive development....Advancement next because it references a more acute - or greater sense of development and then Progress because it is basically the same as advancement but when Advancement is occurring, progress is being made.

    Ultimately Improvement, Development, Betterment, Advancement and Progress are adjectives with perhaps one or the other being a better descriptor based on what I stated earlier.

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