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re·for·ma·to·ry

 (rĭ-fôr′mə-tôr′ē)
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.
adj.
Reformative.

reformatory

(rɪˈfɔːmətərɪ; -trɪ)
n, pl -ries
(Education) Also called: reform school (formerly) a place of instruction where young offenders were sent for corrective training. Compare approved school
adj
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.
[1580–90; < Latin refōrmā(re) to reform + -tory1, -tory2]

reformatory

A place where young people who have broken the law are confined to be disciplined and trained.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.reformatory - correctional institution for the detention and discipline and training of young or first offendersreformatory - 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

reformatory

adjective
Translations

reformatory

[rɪˈfɔːmətərɪ] N (Brit) → reformatorio m

reformatory

[rɪˈfɔːrmətəri] n (US)centre m d'éducation surveillée

reformatory

reformatory

[rɪfɔːmətrɪ] n (Am) → riformatorio
References in classic literature ?
The bad women in the reformatories are fine ladies to them.
In 1895 a new Act was proclaimed allowing the State Children's Council (SCC) to send State children of particular religious denominations to private reformatories subsidised by the government.
Bulgarian reformatories are places where children are suffering from sexual harrassment, physical violence and deprivation of food, the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee has warned.
Lakhsha confirmed the Ministry's keenness to boost the work with all international organizations, including Save the Children, so as to consolidate the concepts of human rights and provide the health and social care for women and children within the central reformatories.
There was a need for an institution for federal women prisoners, a need for an industrial reformatory for young men serving their first sentences, and employment for the prisoners in the three federal prisons at the time (Federal Reformatories for Women, 1962).
A delegation from the Human Rights Commission (HRC) had first-hand information about the living conditions of inmates at prisons and reformatories in Makkah during an inspection tour.
Although the various reformatories he deals with were run by religious organizations, the state subsidized them and allocated inmates.
By the early 1870s there were more than 50 such reformatories across the country, including one at Saltley in Birmingham and another at Weston-under-Weatherly in Warwickshire.
Third, the sixteen articles published in the first three decades were exclusively about women's prisons and reformatories and women prisoners.
The Humbert in Co Mayo will also give commemorative awards to investigative journalist Mary Raftery, who helped uncover the scale of the scandal in institutions, and Judge Sean Ryan who headed the inquiry into church and state run schools and reformatories.
DUBLIN, Ireland -- A long-awaited and brutally comprehensive study of decades of child abuse and neglect within Ireland's church-run network of reformatories, workhouses, orphanages, and other institutions was released on May 20.
The study ends with girls' violent revolts in Montreal's two reformatories in 1945 and 1946.