verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- reflux oesophagitis,
- reflux otitis media,
- reform acts,
- reform bill,
- reform flask,
- reform jew,
- reform judaism
Origin of reform
Examples from the Web for reformative
The keynote of reformative harmony is struck in a prison rgime that ministers meticulously to marketable knowledge and skill.Criminal Types|V. M. Masten
Till then she had pinned her faith, like a wise woman, in the reformative influence of a good marriage.The Hand in the Dark|Arthur J. Rees
The idealism of the eighteenth century was not reformative and humanistic, but revolutionary and humanitarian.An Epitome of the History of Medicine|Roswell Park
The moral hump is tolerated, even patronised in reformative institutions, but the physical hump, never!London's Underworld|Thomas Holmes
Louisiana, therefore, has an elaborate excise, guiltless of any suggestion of reformative objects.
Word Origin for 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.