- the improvement or amendment of what is wrong, corrupt, unsatisfactory, etc.: social reform; spelling reform.
- an instance of this.
- the amendment of conduct, belief, etc.
- to change to a better state, form, etc.; improve by alteration, substitution, abolition, etc.
- to cause (a person) to abandon wrong or evil ways of life or conduct.
- to put an end to (abuses, disorders, etc.).
- Chemistry. to subject to the process of reforming, as in refining petroleum.
- to abandon evil conduct or error: The drunkard promised to reform.
- (initial capital letter) of, relating to, or characteristic of Reform Jews or Reform Judaism: a Reform rabbi.
Origin of reform
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Examples from the Web for pro-reform
In fact the GOP pro-reform votes would likely have been closer to 80, maybe even 100, than 40.For Obama, Hell Week Has Arrived
November 15, 2014
An ad hoc network, Bibles, Badges & Business, represents the diversity of the pro-reform lobby.Even Conservative Evangelical Support Couldn’t Save Immigration Reform
July 6, 2014
The AFL-CIO has urged the president to pursue both options, as have La Raza and other pro-reform groups.Boehner vs. The Base on Immigration
April 29, 2014
But can a pro-reform Republican get through the GOP primary process, where Tea Party voices will be the loudest?Jesus Vs. Tea Party on Immigration
November 13, 2013
But the demographic realities of House members are stark for pro-reform activists.Immigration Reform Advocates, Foes to Target House GOP During Recess
August 1, 2013
- (tr) to improve (an existing institution, law, practice, etc) by alteration or correction of abuses
- to give up or cause to give up a reprehensible habit or immoral way of life
- chem to change the molecular structure of (a hydrocarbon) to make it suitable for use as petrol by heat, pressure, and the action of catalysts
- an improvement or change for the better, esp as a result of correction of legal or political abuses or malpractices
- a principle, campaign, or measure aimed at achieving such change
- improvement of morals or behaviour, esp by giving up some vice
Word Origin and History for pro-reform
c.1300, "to convert into another and better form," from Old French reformer "rebuild, reconstruct, recreate" (12c.), from Latin reformare "to form again, change, transform, alter," from re- "again" (see re-) + formare "to form" (see form (n.)). Intransitive sense from 1580s.
Meaning "to bring (a person) away from an evil course of life" is recorded from early 15c.; of governments, institutions, etc., from early 15c. Related: Reformed; reforming. Reformed churches (1580s) usually are Calvinist as opposed to Lutheran. Reformed Judaism (1843) is a movement initiated in Germany by Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1786). Reform school is attested from 1859.
"any proceeding which brings back a better order of things," 1660s, from reform (v.) and in some uses from French réforme. As a branch of Judaism from 1843.