re·​form·​ism | \ ri-ˈfȯr-ˌmi-zəm How to pronounce reformism (audio) \

Definition of reformism

: a doctrine, policy, or movement of reform

Other Words from reformism

reformist \ ri-​ˈfȯr-​mist How to pronounce reformism (audio) \ noun or adjective

Examples of reformism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a National Party loyalist De Klerk continued on Botha’s path of apartheid reformism, including through talks. Christi Van Der Westhuizen, Quartz, 15 Nov. 2021 All the polite, incremental reformism—of sensitivity trainings, tweaks to use-of-force rules, and appeals to better nature—was revealed as hollow in the face of the protesters’ justified fury, of their courage, of their pride. Molly Crabapple, The New York Review of Books, 9 June 2020 Yet there are scars left behind by Mr. Macron’s relentless reformism, in a country which, if not content, had achieved an egalitarianism solid enough to shield it from the crude populism and demagogy that has overtaken its Western allies. Adam Nossiter, New York Times, 25 Feb. 2020 With the urban riots of 1967—New Haven had some, though not the worst—the old political machine, briefly stayed by Lee’s reformism, reawakened. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 21 Oct. 2019 Now, Morocco and Jordan have toned down reformism and presented a new bottom line to their societies and the world: Ruling monarchism is here to stay. Sean Yom, Washington Post, 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of reformism

1904, in the meaning defined above

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“Reformism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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