What does reformist mean?

Definitions for reformist
rɪˈfɔr mɪstre·formist

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word reformist.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. reformer, reformist, crusader, social reformer, melioristadjective

    a disputant who advocates reform

  2. progressive, reformist, reform-mindedadjective

    favoring or promoting reform (often by government action)


  1. reformistnoun

    One who advocates reform (of an institution).

  2. reformistnoun

    Specifically, one who advocates reform of society and the gradual accumulation of small changes, as opposed to revolutionary action.

  3. reformistnoun

    An advocate of reform in the Church of England; a Reformer.

  4. reformistnoun

    An advocate or supporter of political reform in the United Kingdom. (Common from ca 1790 to 1830.)

  5. reformistnoun

    A member of a reformed religious denomination.

  6. reformistadjective

    Advocating reform of an institution or body.

  7. reformistadjective

    Specifically, advocating reform and the gradual accumulation of small changes, as opposed to revolutionary action.

  8. Etymology: reform + -ist. Originated around the end of the 16th century.


  1. reformist

    Reformism is a political doctrine advocating the reform of an existing system or institution instead of its abolition and replacement.Within the socialist movement, reformism is the view that gradual changes through existing institutions can eventually lead to fundamental changes in a society's political and economic systems. Reformism as a political tendency and hypothesis of social change grew out of opposition to revolutionary socialism, which contends that revolutionary upheaval is a necessary precondition for the structural changes necessary to transform a capitalist system to a qualitatively different socialist system. Responding to a pejorative conception of reformism as non-transformational, non-reformist reform was conceived to prioritize human needs over capitalist needs.As a doctrine, centre-left reformism is distinguished from centre-right or pragmatic reform, which instead aims to safeguard and permeate the status quo by preventing fundamental structural changes to it whereas leftist reformism posits that an accumulation of reforms can eventually lead to the emergence of entirely different economic and political systems than those of present-day capitalism and bureaucracy.


  1. reformist

    A reformist is an individual or a member of a movement that advocates for change, improvements, or reorganization in political, economic, or social structures, institutions, or practices. This change is usually sought within the existing system rather than by overthrowing it. Reformists generally aim for gradual, progressive amendments rather than radical or sudden transformations.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reformistnoun

    a reformer

  2. Etymology: [Cf. F. rformiste.]

Anagrams for reformist »

  1. firestorm

  2. fire storm

  3. restiform

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reformist in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reformist in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of reformist in a Sentence

  1. Anil Ambani:

    Despite a committed reformist mindset at the top, we are still seeing opportunities being denied to new players on grounds of lack of experience.

  2. Antonio Barroso:

    The pact between the Socialists and Ciudadanos is aimed at tagging the PP and especially Podemos with the blame of potential new elections if they do not abstain to facilitate a Sanchez-led administration, the strategy is to force Podemos to assume the cost of voting alongside the PP, and to accuse incumbent Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of irresponsible behavior for not wanting to support a reasonable, encompassing reformist agreement.

  3. Said Boumedouha:

    The international image the authorities have attempted to project of the country as a progressive reformist state committed to human rights masks a far more sinister truth, four years on from the uprising, repression is widespread and rampant abuses by the security forces continue.

  4. Saeed Leylaz:

    It seems the number of candidates who belong to the reformist and independent groups will be the majority in parliament and I am hopeful that the new parliament will be perfect for us, in the Assembly of Experts our initial expectation was 15 to 20 percent but it seems it will be beyond that.

  5. Kiril Avramov:

    The way Bachvarova will act at the interior ministry will be a test for the reformist drive of this government.

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