Definition of reformist in English:


Line breaks: re¦form|ist
Pronunciation: /rɪˈfɔːmɪst


Supporting or advancing gradual reform rather than abolition or revolution: the reformist policies of the government
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  • In the past, the Democrats combined their anti-communism with liberal reformist policies.
  • American capitalism was able to afford this reformist policy because of its unchallenged position of world economic dominance.
  • The twentieth century has demonstrated that it is impossible to tame capitalism by means of social reformist policies.


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A person who advocates gradual reform rather than abolition or revolution.
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  • Ireland's environmental reformists, the Green Party, have played a shameful role during the campaign.
  • They have been advocated by reformists and opportunists for many years.
  • Despite the popularity of the reformists, conservatives still dominate much of the government.



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  • He presented this as a replacement for the policies of social reformism administered through the welfare state, which had been abandoned by the Labour Party.
  • As is sadly typical of social democratic governance today, Jospin's government offered reformism without real reforms.
  • Centrism developed in the 1930s as a decisive obstacle preventing workers from breaking with reformism and Stalinism.

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