• WordNet 3.6
    • adj reformatory tending to reform "reformative and rehabilitative agencies","reformatory punishment"
    • n reformatory correctional institution for the detention and discipline and training of young or first offenders
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Reformatory An institution for promoting the reformation of offenders. "Magistrates may send juvenile offenders to reformatories instead of to prisons."
    • a Reformatory Tending to produce reformation; reformative.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • reformatory Having a tendency to reform or renovate; reformative.
    • n reformatory An institution for the reception and reformation of youths who have already begun a career of vice or crime. Reformatories, or reformatory schools, are, in Great Britain, identical in character with certified industrial schools, admission to either being determined by differences of age and criminality, and they differ from ragged schools in so far as they are supported by the state, and receive only such children or youths, as are under judicial sentence.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Reformatory reforming: tending to produce reform
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  • John Foster Dulles
    John Foster Dulles
    “The United Nations was not set up to be a reformatory. It was assumed that you would be good before you got in and not that being in would make you good.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. re-, again, formāre, to shape—forma, form.


In literature:

They can live in their house alone, or be put in a reformatory.
"Our Next-Door Neighbors" by Belle Kanaris Maniates
Elmira Reformatory and others cure eighty per cent of their charges.
"The Arena" by Various
Why do they break out of reformatory institutions?
"Amaryllis at the Fair" by Richard Jefferies
The real reformatory agency is the spread of education and refinement.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
It was a terrible ordeal, but it was not wholly reformatory even at that.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
Conjugal life is a reformatory.
"A Rent In A Cloud" by Charles James Lever
The day after, the two fellows were caught and sent to the reformatory for a year.
"A Boy Knight" by Martin J. (Martin Jerome) Scott
Testimony to the same effect is borne by a different set of records, those of the reformatories that receive the truants of the city.
"The Children of the Poor" by Jacob A. Riis
In reformatories, where the effort is to cultivate the moral faculties, the library is an essential part of the system.
"The Galaxy, May, 1877" by Various
It was to exhibit the productions of various schools connected with the Reformatory and Refuge Union.
"Speeches and Addresses of H. R. H. the Prince of Wales: 1863-1888" by Edward VII

In poetry:

"Where wicked youths in crowds are stowed
He shall unquestioned rule,
And have the run of Hackney Road
Reformatory School!"
"The Two Ogres" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

We know that some readers have had their fill of stories about the aggravated murder case involving Byron Scherf, the Monroe inmate accused of killing a Washington State Reformatory corrections officer.
Serving Montgomery County, PA. (AP) — Police are searching for two juveniles who escaped from a reformatory school outside Philadelphia.
Police in Delaware County say the two young males who escaped from a reformatory school have been found.
Authorities say the two fled from Glen Mills Reformatory School sometime Sunday evening.
Jail cells at Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield haunt all who dare.
The closing of a prison in Frankfort last week inspired a union leader from Eddyville to picket outside the walls of the Kentucky State Reformatory on Thursday.
A new book focuses on how the ethnicity of those incarcerated at the Whittier State School, a reformatory now known as the Fred C Nelles Youth Correctional Facility.
The Kentucky State Reformatory recently hosted Witness, a seven-member band that brought its wholesome message to inmates in the KSR cafeteria.
Michelle Alexander speaks to the prisoners at Washington State Reformatory's University Beyond Bars.
'Haunted Ohio' author includes Franklin Castle, Mansfield Reformatory among state's freakiest.
Members of Oldham County Fiscal Court agreed Oct 16 to relocate road, recycling, fueling and maintenance departments to a 60-acre site adjacent to the Kentucky State Reformatory at the Oct 16 meeting.
A court summons was mailed to the Ohio Reformatory for Women where she was serving time for a parole violation in another scam , but it was returned to sender.
In Columbiana County Common Pleas Court probation against Rachel Lawson was dishonorably terminated and she was sentenced to nine months in Marysville Reformatory for Women.