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Definition of "reformatory" [re•form•a•to•ry]

  • A penal institution for the discipline, reformation, and training of young or first offenders. Also called reform school. (noun)
  • Reformative. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "reformatory" in a sentence
  • "This idea of the United Nations as a reformatory is an illusion."
  • "Miss Susan B. Anthony, a well-known, indefatigable, and lifelong advocate of temperance, anti-slavery, and woman's rights, has been, since 1851, Mrs. Stanton's intimate associate in reformatory labors."
  • "And he was sent to the Oklahoma state reformatory, which is within my jurisdiction."
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