Till then she had pinned her faith, like a wise woman, in the reformative influence of a good marriage.
Its primary purpose is to aid in a reformative or educational process.
Therefore: reformative rgimes should function so as to free such prisoners of shackles forged by their lower selves.
The idealism of the eighteenth century was not reformative and humanistic, but revolutionary and humanitarian.
The keynote of reformative harmony is struck in a prison rgime that ministers meticulously to marketable knowledge and skill.
The moral hump is tolerated, even patronised in reformative institutions, but the physical hump, never!
In youth the deterrent effects of punishment are small, and the beneficial effects of reformative measures are at their maximum.
Mr. Oman (Byzantine Empire, p. 145) takes the popular view as to the reformative effect of Christianity.
Louisiana, therefore, has an elaborate excise, guiltless of any suggestion of reformative objects.
David had always understood that prisons in their object were not only punitive—they were reformative.
c.1300, "to convert into another and better form," from Old French reformer "rebuild, reconstruct, recreate" (12c.), from Latin reformare "to form again, change, transform, alter," from re- "again" (see re-) + formare "to form" (see form (n.)). Intransitive sense from 1580s.
Meaning "to bring (a person) away from an evil course of life" is recorded from early 15c.; of governments, institutions, etc., from early 15c. Related: Reformed; reforming. Reformed churches (1580s) usually are Calvinist as opposed to Lutheran. Reformed Judaism (1843) is a movement initiated in Germany by Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1786). Reform school is attested from 1859.
"any proceeding which brings back a better order of things," 1660s, from reform (v.) and in some uses from French réforme. As a branch of Judaism from 1843.