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n. pl. re·for·ma·to·ries
A penal institution for the discipline, reformation, and training of young or first offenders. Also called reform school.
n, pl -ries
(Education) Also called: reform school (formerly) a place of instruction where young offenders were sent for corrective training. Compare approved school
having the purpose or function of reforming
re•form•a•to•ry(rɪˈfɔr məˌtɔr i, -ˈtoʊr i)
adj., n., pl. -ries. adj.
1. serving or designed to reform.n.
2. Also called reform school. a penal institution for reforming young offenders, esp. minors.
A place where young people who have broken the law are confined to be disciplined and trained.
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|Noun||1.||reformatory - correctional institution for the detention and discipline and training of young or first offenders|
borstal - formerly a British reform school for youths considered too young to send to prison
correctional institution - a penal institution maintained by the government
|Adj.||1.||reformatory - tending to reform; "reformative and rehabilitative agencies"; "reformatory punishment"|
helpful - providing assistance or serving a useful function