reformation

noun ref·or·ma·tion \ ˌre-fər-ˈmā-shən \
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

reformational

play \ˌre-fər-ˈmā-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl\ adjective

Examples of reformation in a Sentence

  1. the reformation of our justice system

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First Known Use of reformation

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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REFORMATION Defined for English Language Learners

reformation

  • : the act or process of improving something or someone by removing or correcting faults, problems, etc.

  • the Reformation : the 16th-century religious movement that led to the establishment of the Protestant churches


REFORMATION Defined for Kids

reformation

noun ref·or·ma·tion \ ˌre-fər-ˈmā-shən \
: the act of changing something or someone for the better

Law Dictionary

reformation

noun ref·or·ma·tion \ ˌre-fər-ˈmā-shən \
: 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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