ref·​or·​ma·​tion | \ ˌre-fər-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce reformation (audio) \

Definition of reformation

1 : the act of reforming : the state of being reformed
2 capitalized : a 16th century religious movement marked ultimately by rejection or modification of some Roman Catholic doctrine and practice and establishment of the Protestant churches

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Other Words from reformation

reformational \ ˌre-​fər-​ˈmā-​shnəl How to pronounce reformation (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of reformation in a Sentence

the reformation of our justice system
Recent Examples on the Web And now Loki is, among other things, a time-travel epic, a buddy-cop comedy, and a psychological re-examination — or, perhaps, reformation — of the most entertaining villain the MCU has produced. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 9 June 2021 Good People blazed the trail for the state’s breweries and helped usher in the state’s beer reformation laws, widely helmed by the grassroots organization, Free the Hops. al, 29 May 2021 According to Rastogi, as per case law, when conferring a death sentence a court must look at the criminal beyond the crime, to see whether there exists a possibility of reformation and rehabilitation. Esha Mitra, CNN, 24 Apr. 2021 Each chapter of the film is named for a different emotion: intuition, denial, anger, apathy, emptiness, accountability, reformation, forgiveness, resurrection, hope, and redemption, and at every layer, another element is unpacked. Essence, 23 Apr. 2021 The topic of election security and potential reformation has become a major political issue at both the state and federal level in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, 8 Mar. 2021 The music industry is going through a reformation now in a really big way. Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2021 For these wills, yet another court action is necessary: a suit for declaratory relief or for reformation or modification. Dallas News, 3 Jan. 2021 The May killing of George Floyd spurred nationwide protests against systemic injustice, acting as a call to action for the reformation of the U.S.’ treatment of black people. Tara Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of reformation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Reformation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of reformation

formal : the act or process of improving something or someone by removing or correcting faults, problems, etc.
: the 16th-century religious movement that led to the establishment of the Protestant churches


ref·​or·​ma·​tion | \ ˌre-fər-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce reformation (audio) \

Kids Definition of reformation

: the act of changing something or someone for the better


ref·​or·​ma·​tion | \ ˌre-fər-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce reformation (audio) \

Legal Definition of reformation

: the act or an instance of reforming specifically : the equitable remedy of reforming a writing (as a deed or contract) and enforcing it as reformed

Note: Reformation is allowed primarily to correct mistakes such as typographical errors or incorrectly chosen words. Occasionally reformation is permitted in cases of fraud or misrepresentation. Clear and convincing evidence of the mistake and of the intended agreement is usually required; sometimes parol evidence is sufficient to establish the agreement. This remedy is not applicable to wills.


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