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

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This supposes that hydrogen will be synthesized at centralized facilities using methane reformation, outfitted with a carbon capture system that could store any excess carbon in underwater aquifers off the coast of England. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Natural gas firms have a proposal to convert home heating to hydrogen," 25 Nov. 2018 The Roman Inquisition began in 1542 as part of the Catholic Church's counter-reformation against Protestantism, and prosecuted people for heresy and other doctrinal crimes. Fox News, "Vatican's Inquisition, Index of Banned Books open for study," 14 May 2018 Over time, through his words and deeds, notably with the Humane Society of the United States, Vick convinced me of his sincerity and reformation. Stu Bykofsky,, "Is Meek Mill the new Mumia? | Stu Bykofsky," 21 June 2018 Bitcoin could only move forward by schism rather than reformation. Gideon Lewis-kraus, WIRED, "The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story," 18 June 2018 In addition to reviewing the veracity of the library’s annual reports, state officials also have questions about the board’s recent reformation, Druker said. Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, "For years, there's been no financial oversight at the Calumet Park library. Now the state is getting involved.," 13 July 2018 John Locke, the enlightenment, religions most have gone through this reformation period, so there isn't this, a conflict between the enlightenment and people of faith and religion. Fox News, "Dr. Zuhdi Jasser on terror threats facing the United States," 18 June 2018 Nikola said that the Nel Hydrogen system will electrolyze water to make hydrogen, rather than use natural gas reformation, for example. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Anheuser-Busch just bought 800 fuel cell Nikola trucks," 4 May 2018 The tax code reformation was built for economic growth, according to Brady. Jacob Mcadams, Houston Chronicle, "SJC Reagan Dinner hosts Clinton investigator," 19 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of reformation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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