[ri-fawr-muh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
serving or designed to reform: reformatory lectures; reformatory punishments.
noun, plural reformatories.
Also called reform school. a penal institution for reforming young offenders, especially minors.

1580–90; < Latin refōrmāt(us) (see reformation) + -ory1, -ory2

prereformatory, adjective
pseudoreformatory, adjective Unabridged
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reformatory (rɪˈfɔːmətərɪ, -trɪ)
n , pl -ries
1.  Compare approved school Also called: reform school (formerly) a place of instruction where young offenders were sent for corrective training
2.  having the purpose or function of reforming

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

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This, along with all their other aspirations, is eradicated when the boys are inadvertently shipped off to a reformatory.
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