un·​re·​formed | \ ˌən-ri-ˈfȯrmd How to pronounce unreformed (audio) \

Definition of unreformed

1 : not reformed : uncorrected an unreformed criminal
2 : not originating with or shaped by the Protestant Reformation unreformed churches

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Recent Examples on the Web If an unreformed banking system had faced this year’s u-shape scenario, its total core-capital ratio would have potentially dropped to 1.5%, with several big banks’ figures touching zero—ie, technical insolvency. The Economist, "Daily chart How resilient are the banks?," 9 July 2020 Greeks discovered this in 2015 when their euroskeptic government and voters concluded its weak and unreformed economy couldn’t withstand a departure after all. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Road to a Bad Brexit," 10 Dec. 2018 At the same time, inflexible and unreformed labour markets have hampered the rise of manufacturing and low-level services, the gateway for women in other poor countries. The Economist, "Why India needs women to work," 5 July 2018 Throwing 40% more taxpayer money at today’s unreformed public schools is a terrible waste of money. WSJ, "Better Pay Won’t Solve School-Structure Ills," 29 May 2018 The party decides which ex-communists are repentant patriots (PiS’s ranks are full of such figures), and which are unreformed enemies of the state. The Economist, "Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party is doing lasting damage," 21 Apr. 2018 Most of Ukraine’s political class remains corrupt and largely unreformed. Graeme Robertson, Washington Post, "Ukrainians are protesting corruption — and using a new approach. Here's how it works.," 7 Mar. 2018 Small companies fail to grow into large (usually formal) ones because hundreds of unreformed labour laws make doing business legitimately a nightmare. The Economist, "The lessons from Modi’s attempt to formalise India’s economy," 1 Mar. 2018 But their campaign of persuasion faces the obstacle that Trump campaigned for the presidency on a strictly protectionist platform, pledging to pull out of an unreformed NAFTA and to punish China and other U.S. competitors for unfair trade practices. Anchorage Daily News, "Republican lawmakers condemn Trump’s tariff move on eve of his arrival at Davos forum," 25 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of unreformed

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unreformed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unreformed. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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