reform has definitions from the fields of politics,religion
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[ noun ] a change for the better as a result of correcting abuses

Examples

"justice was for sale before the reform of the law courts"

Used in print

(Tristram P. Coffin, "Folklore in the American Twentieth...)

Nevertheless , with a reading public that longs for `` the_good_old_days '' and with an awareness of our expanding international interests , it is easy for the Benets to obtain a magnified position in literature by use of all sorts of Americana , real or fake , and it is easy for the Steinbecks and Sandburgs to support their messages of reform by reading messages of reform into the minds of the folk .

Nevertheless , with a reading public that longs for `` the_good_old_days '' and with an awareness of our expanding international interests , it is easy for the Benets to obtain a magnified position in literature by use of all sorts of Americana , real or fake , and it is easy for the Steinbecks and Sandburgs to support their messages of reform by reading messages of reform into the minds of the folk .

(Max F. Millikan and Donald L. M. Blackmer,...)

It should be American policy not_only to encourage effective land_reform programs but also to underline the relation of such reforms to the economic growth and modernization of the society .

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[ verb ] make changes for improvement in order to remove abuse and injustices

Examples

"reform a political system"

Used in print

(John Michael Ray, "Rhode Island's Reactions...)

In reference_to Brown 's raid she wrote , `` though we are non-resistants and religiously believe it better to reform by moral and not by carnal weapons we know thee was anemated [ sic ] by the most generous and philanthropic motives '' .

Related terms

better reformer reclamation

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[ noun ] (politics) a campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices

Examples

"the reforms he proposed were too radical for the politicians"

Used in print

(Irving Fineman, Woman of Valor: The Life of Henrietta...)

She could not resist the opportunity `` of showing her superiority in argument over a man '' which she had remarked as one of the `` feminine follies '' of Sara_Sullam ; and in her forthright way , Henrietta , who in her story of Sara had indicated her own unwillingness `` to think_of men as the privileged '' and `` women as submissive and yielding '' , felt obliged to defend vigorously any statement of hers to which Morris_Jastrow took the slightest exception - he objected to her stand on the Corbin affair , as_well_as on the radical reforms of Dr._Wise of Hebrew_Union_College - until once , in sheer desperation , he wrote that he had given_up hope they would ever agree on anything .

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campaign

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[ verb ] (religion) bring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life, conduct, and adopt a right one

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"The Church reformed me" "reform your conduct"

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[ verb ] change for the better

Examples

"The lazy student promised to reform" "the habitual cheater finally saw the light"

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better regenerate

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[ verb ] produce by cracking

Examples

"reform gas"

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[ verb ] break up the molecules of ("reform oil")

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change_integrity chemistry

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[ verb ] improve by alteration or correction of errors or defects and put into a better condition

Examples

"reform the health system in this country"

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better reformation

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[ noun ] self-improvement in behavior or morals by abandoning some vice

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"the family rejoiced in the drunkard's reform"

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self-improvement

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