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From Middle English reformacion, reformation, from Old French reformacion and Latin refōrmātiō, refōrmātiōnis (reform, change), from refōrmō (transform, reshape), from re- + fōrmō (shape, form).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌɹɛfəˈmeɪʃn̩/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌɹɛfɚˈmeɪʃn̩/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən


reformation (countable and uncountable, plural reformations)

  1. An improvement (or an intended improvement) in the existing form or condition of institutions or practices, etc.; intended to make a striking change for the better in social, political or religious affairs or in the conduct of persons or operation of organizations.
  2. (law) Change or correction, by a court in equity, to a written instrument to conform to the original intention of the parties.
    • 1893, Christopher Gustavus Tiedeman, “Chapter XXIX”, in A Treatise on Equity Jurisprudence, §507 (footnotes omitted):
      All sorts of legal instruments may be reformed by equity, when the errors, which have been committed in the execution of them, are mutual mistakes or a mistake of one party combined with the fraud of the other. Thus, reformation has been decreed of all kinds of deeds of conveyance, including leases, mortgages, deeds of trust, marriage and family settlements. Likewise, bonds of all kinds, policies of insurance, assignments or release of mortgages, executory contracts for the sale of lands, the indorsement of a note, agreements for the establishment of a highway, military orders. So may, also, judgments and other records be corrected or be reformed.


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re- +‎ formation



reformation f (plural reformations)

  1. re-formation

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