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Meaning of reformatory

re•form•a•to•ry

Pronunciation: (ri-fôr'mu-tôr"ē, -tōr'ē), [key]
— adj., n., pl. -ries.
—adj.
  1. serving or designed to reform: reformatory lectures; reformatory punishments.
—n.
  1. Also calleda penal institution for reforming young offenders, esp. minors.
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