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Civil Service Reform
Civil Service Reform Civil Service Reform
The substitution of business principles and methods for
political methods in the conduct of the civil service. esp.
the merit system instead of the spoils system in making
appointments to office.
Misreform Mis`re*form", v. t.
To reform wrongly or imperfectly.
PreformPreform Pre*form", v. t. [L. praeformare. See Pre-, and
To form beforehand, or for special ends. ``Their natures and
preformed faculties. ' --Shak. PreformationPreformation Pre`for*ma"tion, n. (Biol.)
An old theory of the pre["e]xistence of germs. Cf.
Preformative Pre*form"a*tive, n.
A formative letter at the beginning of a word. --M. Stuart.
Reformade Ref`or*made" (r?f`?r*m?d"), n.
A reformado. [Obs.]
ReformadoReformado Ref`or*ma"do (-m?"d?), n. [Sp., fr. reformar, L.
reformare. SEe Reform, v. t.]
1. A monk of a reformed order. [Obs.] --Weever.
2. An officer who, in disgrace, is deprived of his command,
but retains his rank, and sometimes his pay. [Obs.]
Reformalize Re*form"al*ize (r?*f?rm"al*?z), v. i.
To affect reformation; to pretend to correctness. [R.]
Reformative Re*form"a*tive (r?*f?rm"?*t?v), a.
Forming again; having the quality of renewing form;
Reformatory Re*form"a*to*ry (-t?*r?), a.
Tending to produce reformation; reformative.
ReformatoryReformatory Re*form"a*to*ry, n.; pl. -ries (-r?z).
An institution for promoting the reformation of offenders.
Magistrates may send juvenile offenders to
reformatories instead of to prisons. --Eng. Cyc.
Reformed Re*formed" (r?*f?rmd"), a.
1. Corrected; amended; restored to purity or excellence;
said, specifically, of the whole body of Protestant
churches originating in the Reformation. Also, in a more
restricted sense, of those who separated from Luther on
the doctrine of consubstantiation, etc., and carried the
Reformation, as they claimed, to a higher point. The
Protestant churches founded by them in Switzerland,
France, Holland, and part of Germany, were called the
The town was one of the strongholds of the Reformed
2. Amended in character and life; as, a reformed gambler or
3. (Mil.) Retained in service on half or full pay after the
disbandment of the company or troop; -- said of an
Reformer Re*form"er (r?*f?rm"?r), n.
1. One who effects a reformation or amendment; one who labors
for, or urges, reform; as, a reformer of manners, or of
2. (Eccl.Hist.) One of those who commenced the reformation of
religion in the sixteenth century, as Luther, Melanchthon,
Zwingli, and Calvin.
Reformly Re*form"ly, adv.
In the manner of a reform; for the purpose of reform. [Obs.]
Unreformation Un*ref`or*ma"tion, n.
Want of reformation; state of being unreformed. [Obs.] --Bp.
Whereform Where*form", adv. [Where + from.]
From which; from which or what place. --Tennyson.
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