American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A penal institution for the discipline, reformation, and training of young or first offenders. Also called reform school.
- adj. Reformative.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having a tendency to reform or renovate; reformative.
- n. An institution for the reception and reformation of youths who have already begun a career of vice or crime. Reformatories, or reformatory schools, are, in Great Britain, identical in character with certified industrial schools, admission to either being determined by differences of age and criminality, and they differ from ragged schools in so far as they are supported by the state, and receive only such children or youths, as are under judicial sentence.
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or conducive to reform; reformative.
- n. A prison, especially one for juveniles; a reform school.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Tending to produce reformation; reformative.
- n. An institution for promoting the reformation of offenders.
- adj. tending to reform
- n. correctional institution for the detention and discipline and training of young or first offenders
“This idea of the United Nations as a reformatory is an illusion.”
“Miss Susan B. Anthony, a well-known, indefatigable, and lifelong advocate of temperance, anti-slavery, and woman's rights, has been, since 1851, Mrs. Stanton's intimate associate in reformatory labors.”
“And he was sent to the Oklahoma state reformatory, which is within my jurisdiction.”
“But the reformatory was a horse of a totally different color.”
“But at this so-called reformatory 59 occupations were represented by the inmates,”
“He recalled the reformatory -- and also what to him was the most awful thing he had ever heard about the State penitentiary -- they never saw the sun rise down there, and they never saw it set.”
“Reformation in individual cases may take place under the most adverse circumstances; but an institution cannot be called reformatory unless its prevailing moral sentiment is actively, vigorously, and always, on the side of progress and virtue.”
“The report said there were 215 corrections officers for 780 inmates at the reformatory, which is considered adequate staff.”
“How about a sting at your daughter's high school, with a year in some nasty reformatory, which is to say any reformatory, for those caught?”
“This boy, seventeen years of age, was committed upon complaint of his mother, who supposed the reformatory was a school, and he could be released any time.”
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