reformatory

adjective
re·​for·​ma·​to·​ry | \ ri-ˈfȯr-mə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce reformatory (audio) \

Definition of reformatory

 (Entry 1 of 2)

reformatory

noun
plural reformatories

Definition of reformatory (Entry 2 of 2)

: a penal institution to which especially young or first offenders are committed for training and reformation

Examples of reformatory in a Sentence

Adjective the belief that manual labor was a reformatory experience for convicted felons, who would learn the value of hard work
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In 1963, he was sentenced to two years in the reformatory and five years probation for an armed robbery in Kentucky. Sarah Nelson, The Courier-Journal, 6 Apr. 2022 In 1963, he was sentenced to two years in the reformatory and five years probation for an armed robbery in Kentucky. Sarah Nelson, The Courier-Journal, 6 Apr. 2022 In 1963, he was sentenced to two years in the reformatory and five years probation for an armed robbery in Kentucky. Sarah Nelson, The Courier-Journal, 6 Apr. 2022 In 1963, he was sentenced to two years in the reformatory and five years probation for an armed robbery in Kentucky. Sarah Nelson, The Courier-Journal, 6 Apr. 2022 In 1963, he was sentenced to two years in the reformatory and five years probation for an armed robbery in Kentucky. Sarah Nelson, The Courier-Journal, 6 Apr. 2022 In 1963, he was sentenced to two years in the reformatory and five years probation for an armed robbery in Kentucky. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Apr. 2022 Merle Haggard was sixteen by the time he was released from the reformatory, tougher than ever and hardly reformed. Steven Gaydos, Variety, 10 Feb. 2022 The daughter of a social worker and a correctional supervisor at a reformatory prison, Davis comes from a family dedicated to public service. Christopher Gray, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The state took its $76 million reformatory to Grafton, in Lorain County, where its men’s prison remains. Kaitlin Durbin, cleveland, 4 Apr. 2022 Starting as a youth, when he was sent to a state reformatory, Mr. Bellecourt amassed a long criminal record. Washington Post, 18 Jan. 2022 Yet, many tourists make the hour or so drive to the reformatory when visiting Northeast Ohio. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 12 Oct. 2021 For his transgression, he was forced to spend a year in a reformatory and was banned from returning to Southern California for an additional year. New York Times, 11 Feb. 2021 The reformatory has a capacity for around 1,000 inmates. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, 3 Aug. 2020 That was followed by mass testing of all staff and inmates at the reformatory. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, 3 Aug. 2020 After leaving the reformatory, she was sent to live with a distant relative of her mother. Petula Dvorak, Anchorage Daily News, 20 May 2020 But in fact the bar is always coming up with these kinds of reformatory codes. Michael Knox Beran, National Review, 6 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of reformatory

Adjective

1589, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1834, in the meaning defined above

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“Reformatory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reformatory. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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reformatory

noun
re·​for·​ma·​to·​ry | \ ri-ˈfȯr-mə-ˌtōr-ē \
plural reformatories

Legal Definition of reformatory

: a penal institution to which especially young or first offenders are committed for training and reformation

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