Reformatory definition

rĭ-fôrmə-tôrē
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A penal institution for the discipline, reformation, and training of young or first offenders.
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Reforming or aiming at reform.
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An institution to which young offenders convicted of lesser crimes are sent for training and discipline intended to reform rather than punish them.
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A penitentiary for women.
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Of, pertaining to, or conducive to reform; reformative.
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A prison, especially one for juveniles; a reform school.
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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.

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Reformative.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
reformatory
Plural:
reformatories