- 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.
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.
reformatory definition by Webster's New World
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reforming or aiming at reform
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
reformatory definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. re·for·ma·to·ries
A penal institution for the discipline, reformation, and training of young or first offenders. Also called reform school.adjective