Definition of reformatory in English:

reformatory

Line breaks: re|forma|tory
Pronunciation: /rɪˈfɔːmət(ə)ri
 
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noun (plural reformatories)

archaic or North American dated
An institution to which young offenders are sent as an alternative to prison.
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  • Smith's workshops on songwriting, vocals and harmonica take him throughout his home state of Victoria and the rest of the country, into schools, prisons, reformatories, music stores - and ABC studios.
  • So too were there special prisons for juveniles - sometimes in hulks, as in Sydney's Sobraon and Vernon - while the construction of special reformatories and prison farms proceeded well into the twentieth century.
  • Given that he has spent much of his life in reformatories and prisons, he is, we're led to believe, somewhat naive about the outside world.

adjective

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Tending or intended to produce reform.
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  • They emphasised the need for taking urgent reformatory steps against the fast growing social evils.
  • Previously only those who suffered abuse in industrial schools, reformatory schools, orphanages and children's homes for which public bodies had supervisory or inspection functions were included.
  • In 1930 the then Department of Education produced a 200-plus page report, but only eight pages referred to industrial and reformatory schools.

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