[ ri-fawr-muh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ rɪˈfɔr məˌtɔr i, -ˈtoʊr i /


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

noun, plural re·form·a·to·ries.

Also called reform school. a penal institution for reforming young offenders, especially minors.

Origin of reformatory

1580–90; < Latin refōrmāt(us) (see reformation) + -ory1, -ory2

OTHER WORDS FROM reformatory

pre·re·form·a·to·ry, adjectivepseu·do·re·form·a·to·ry, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for 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


having the purpose or function of reforming
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