Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

reformatory

play
adjective re·for·ma·to·ry \ri-ˈfȯr-mə-ˌtȯr-ē\

Definition of reformatory



Examples of reformatory in a sentence

  1. <the belief that manual labor was a reformatory experience for convicted felons, who would learn the value of hard work>



1589

First Known Use of reformatory

1589


2

reformatory

noun, re·for·ma·to·ry

Definition of reformatory

plural reformatories

  1. :  a penal institution to which especially young or first offenders are committed for training and reformation



1834

First Known Use of reformatory

1834


Law Dictionary

reformatory

noun re·for·ma·to·ry \ri-ˈfȯr-mə-ˌtōr-ē\

Legal Definition of reformatory

plural reformatories

  1. :  a penal institution to which especially young or first offenders are committed for training and reformation





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up reformatory? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

tending to dismiss important matters

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

alt-5746713d76276

Which of these is a synonym of nonplus?

disapprove reduce perplex soothe
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ