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reformatory

[ri-fawr-muh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /rɪˈfɔr məˌtɔr i, -ˈtoʊr i/
adjective
1.
serving or designed to reform:
reformatory lectures; reformatory punishments.
noun, plural reformatories.
2.
Also called reform school. a penal institution for reforming young offenders, especially minors.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin refōrmāt(us) (see reformation) + -ory1, -ory2
Related forms
prereformatory, adjective
pseudoreformatory, adjective
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Examples for reformatory
  • This, along with all their other aspirations, is eradicated when the boys are inadvertently shipped off to a reformatory.
British Dictionary definitions for reformatory

reformatory

/rɪˈfɔːmətərɪ; -trɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
Also called reform school. (formerly) a place of instruction where young offenders were sent for corrective training Compare approved school
adjective
2.
having the purpose or function of reforming
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Encyclopedia Article for reformatory

industrial school

correctional institution for the treatment, training, and social rehabilitation of young offenders.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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