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v. re·formed, re·form·ing, re·forms
1. To improve by alteration, correction of error, or removal of defects; put into a better form or condition: reform the tax code.
a. To abolish abuse or malpractice in: reform the government.
b. To put an end to (an abuse or wrong).
3. To induce or persuade (a person) to give up harmful or immoral practices; cause to adopt a better way of life.
4. Chemistry To subject (hydrocarbons) to cracking.
To change for the better.
1. Action to improve or correct what is wrong or defective in something: health care reform.
2. An instance of this; an improvement: reforms in education.
1. Relating to or favoring reform: a reform candidate for mayor.
2. Reform Of or relating to Reform Judaism.

[Middle English reformen, from Old French reformer, from Latin refōrmāre : re-, re- + fōrmāre, to shape (from fōrma, form).]

re·form′a·bil′i·ty n.
re·form′a·ble adj.
re·form′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.reformable - susceptible to improvement or reform; "a redeemable sinner"
corrigible - capable of being corrected or set right; "a corrigible defect"; "a corrigible prisoner"


adj person, conductbesserungsfähig
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