The definition of a reformatory is a correctional institute for children under 18 who are convicted of crimes where they receive discipline and training instead of punishment.noun
When kids commit a crime and are sent to a locked institutional facility where they are to be rehabilitated this is an example of a reformatory.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
noun pl. reformatories
- an institution to which young offenders convicted of lesser crimes are sent for training and discipline intended to reform rather than punish them
- a penitentiary for women
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noun pl. re·for·ma·to·ries