re·​for·​ma·​tive | \ ri-ˈfȯr-mə-tiv How to pronounce reformative (audio) \

Definition of reformative

: intended or tending to reform

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Examples of reformative in a Sentence

took reformative measures to curb abuses in the state's welfare system

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The idea, while well-intentioned, appears to be more performative than reformative. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "raceAhead: Venture Capital Tries Diversity Again," 6 Feb. 2018 During her junior and senior years of high school, Escribano participated in the Law & Government Academy's student court, a judicial system for students to review offenses by their peers and determine a reformative course of action. Marlon Pitter, Courant Community, "Hartford Promise Scholars Find Success In First Year Of College," 18 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of reformative

1593, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reformative was in 1593

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an act or instance of editing or removing

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