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[ US /ɹɪˈfɔɹməˌtɔɹi/ ]
[ UK /ɹɪfˈɔːmətəɹˌi/ ]
  1. correctional institution for the detention and discipline and training of young or first offenders
  1. tending to reform
    reformative and rehabilitative agencies
    reformatory punishment
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How To Use reformatory In A Sentence

  • Yes, you'd better not meddle with the darkies if you don't want your fingers smutted, Miss Anne; for young ladies with smutty fingers, don't succeed in society very well, you'd much better attend to your fineries, and exert your superfluous reformatory energies upon one of those marvellous structures which you call a bonnet, and I call a coal-scuttle. Sister Anne's Vocation.
  • By offering a study that covers a 150 plus year span, and carrying her examination to the closure of the Dwight Reformatory in 1972 Dodge offers the first major study of women's reformatories that extends beyond the progressive era.
  • Organized civil disobedience may have reformatory, revolutionary, or defensive objectives.
  • The sentence of imprisonment of any person convicted of an offense shall commence to run from the date on which such person is received at the penitentiary, reformatory, or jail for service of such sentence.
  • In 1930 the then Department of Education produced a 200-plus page report, but only eight pages referred to industrial and reformatory schools.
  • Having doubts about his reformability, the commissioners were of the opinion that the Reformatory was not a proper place for him. Acts and resolves passed by the General Court
  • Those undergoing the reformatory education program would be prohibited from running until 10 years after they have completed the program.
  • The report said there were 215 corrections officers for 780 inmates at the reformatory, which is considered adequate staff. The Seattle Times
  • In Shoeshine, two boys, displaced by the war's aftermath and obligated to shine the shoes of American soldiers for money, are caught with stolen goods and sent to a reformatory.
  • They talked of locking them up in reformatory hostels, but that was too expensive.
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