What is reform?

  • (verb): Change for the better.
    Example: "The lazy student promised to reform"
    Synonyms: straighten out, see the light
    See also — Additional definitions below


Reform means the improvement or amendment of what is wrong, corrupt, unsatisfactory, etc. The use of the word in this way emerges in the late 1700’s and is believed to originate from Christopher Wyvill’s Association movement which identified “Parliamentary Reform” as its primary aim.

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Elections In The United Kingdom - Current Issues - Electoral Reform
... and some pressure groups such as Charter 88, Unlock Democracy and the Electoral Reform Society ... In 1998 and 2003 Independent Commissions were formed to look into electoral reform ... Coalition currently brings together those groups advocating reform ...
Unreformed House Of Commons - Movements For Reform
... A reform movement began in the mid-18th century ... Although the Whig party was ambivalent in its attitude to reform, some Whig leaders like Fox and Earl Grey raised the issue many times, but nothing was ... Between 1815 and 1832 pressure for reform mounted steadily ...
Reform - Re-form
... A note about spelling when used to describe something which is physically formed again, such as re-casting it in a mold/mould, or a band that gets back together, the proper term is re-form (with a hyphen), not "reform". ...
Birmingham - History - Regency and Victorian
... political prominence in the campaign for political reform in the early nineteenth century, with Thomas Attwood and the Birmingham Political Union bringing the country to the brink of civil war during ... drafted the act, wrote that "the country owed Reform to Birmingham, and its salvation from revolution" ... led John Bright to make Birmingham the platform for his successful campaign for the Second Reform Act of 1867, which extended voting rights to the urban working class ...

More definitions of "reform":

  • (verb): Break up the molecules of.
    Example: "Reform oil"
  • (noun): A change for the better as a result of correcting abuses.
    Example: "Justice was for sale before the reform of the law courts"
  • (verb): Make changes for improvement in order to remove abuse and injustices.
    Example: "Reform a political system"
  • (noun): A campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices.
    Example: "The reforms he proposed were too radical for the politicians"
  • (noun): Self-improvement in behavior or morals by abandoning some vice.
    Example: "The family rejoiced in the drunkard's reform"
  • (verb): Produce by cracking.
    Example: "Reform gas"
  • (verb): Improve by alteration or correction of errors or defects and put into a better condition.
    Example: "Reform the health system in this country"
  • (verb): Bring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life, conduct, and adopt a right one.
    Example: "Reform your conduct"
    Synonyms: reclaim, regenerate, rectify

Famous quotes containing the word reform:

    The prostitute is the scapegoat for everyone’s sins, and few people care whether she is justly treated or not. Good people have spent thousands of pounds in efforts to reform her, poets have written about her, essayists and orators have made her the subject of some of their most striking rhetoric; perhaps no class of people has been so much abused, and alternatively sentimentalized over as prostitutes have been but one thing they have never yet had, and that is simple legal justice.
    —Alison Neilans. “Justice for the Prostitute—Lady Astor’s Bill,” Equal Rights (September 19, 1925)

    People who love soft methods and hate iniquity forget this,—that reform consists in taking a bone from a dog. Philosophy will not do it.
    John Jay Chapman (1862–1933)

    Letters are above all useful as a means of expressing the ideal self; and no other method of communication is quite so good for this purpose.... In letters we can reform without practice, beg without humiliation, snip and shape embarrassing experiences to the measure of our own desires....
    Elizabeth Hardwick (b. 1916)