reformatory


adjective

serving or designed to reform: reformatory lectures; reformatory punishments.

noun, plural re·form·a·to·ries.

Also called reform school . (no longer in official use) a penal institution for reforming young offenders, especially minors. See also juvenile detention center.

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Origin of reformatory

First recorded in 1580–90 for def. 1; in 1750–60 for def. 2; reform + -atory.

OTHER WORDS FROM reformatory

pre·re·form·a·to·ry, adjectivepseu·do·re·form·a·to·ry, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for reformatory

reformatory
/ (rɪˈfɔːmətərɪ, -trɪ) /

noun plural -ries

Also called: reform school (formerly) a place of instruction where young offenders were sent for corrective trainingCompare approved school

adjective

having the purpose or function of reforming
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