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

Definition of reformative

: intended or tending to reform

Examples of reformative in a Sentence

took reformative measures to curb abuses in the state's welfare system
Recent Examples on the Web Moores positioned himself as the pro-police candidate compared to Stansbury's more reformative stance, reflecting national concerns about policing in the wake of killings of people of color by police and nationwide protests in favor of Black lives. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, 3 June 2021 The idea, while well-intentioned, appears to be more performative than reformative. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, 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, 18 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of reformative

1593, in the meaning defined above

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“Reformative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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