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Origin of re-form

1300–50; Middle English; orig. identical with reform
Related formsre-for·ma·tion, nounre-form·er, noun
Can be confusedre-form reform Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for re-formation

Historical Examples of re-formation

  • The Windover word for what had happened to Job was re-formation.

    A Singular Life

    Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

  • They are not motionless, but in constant vibration and re-formation, like smoke drifts.

    Ghosts I Have Seen

    Violet Tweedale

  • The study of its re-formation has added to our knowledge of the regeneration of animal tissue.

  • The presidential campaign of the following summer, 1856, showed a striking disintegration and re-formation of political groups.

  • I had next to determine whether aught remained to indicate the period of its re-formation.

British Dictionary definitions for re-formation


  1. to form anew
Derived Formsre-formation, noun
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Word Origin and History for re-formation

early 15c., from re- + formation.



"form again," mid-14c., from re- + form (v.). Related: Re-formed; re-forming; re-formation.

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