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REFORM. To reorganize; to rearrange as, the jury "shall be reformed by putting to and taking out of the persons so impanelled." Stat. 3 H. VIII. c. 12; Bac. Ab. Juries, A.
     2. To reform an instrument in equity, is to make a decree that a deed or other agreement shall be made or construed as it was originally intended by the parties, when an error or mistake as to a fact has been committed. A contract has been reformed, although the party applying to the court was in the legal profession, and he himself drew the contract, it appearing clear that it was framed so as to admit of a construction inconsistent with the true agreement of the parties. 1 Sim. & Stu. 210; 3 Russ. R. 424. But a contract will not be reformed in consequence of an error of law. 1 Russ. & M. 418; 1 Chit. Pr. 124.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Kaminski lucidly demonstrates the obstacles to the reformability of communist states and the limitations imposed on central planners - and, in turn, their inability to assure economic efficiency.
Although most liberals and radicals were in agreement that the war was wrong and that the United States should withdraw, there were important differences in how the two perspectives read the war and its implications about the sustainability and reformability of American democracy.
Despite the occasional appearance of articles lauding the reformability of man through leniency, trust, and social support, most notably Khrushchev's famous report to the Third Writers' Congress in 1959 on his friendly meeting with a reformed recidivist, press attacks on coddling prisoners in the late 1950s and into 1960 continued.
The dynamics of reform and reformability, change and continuity, thus involved not only specific policies and doctrines regarding technology, tactics, strategy, and the mobilization of human resources but also habits and paradigms of service, duty, professionalism, patriotism, and group identity.
The prince never abandoned hope in the liberating potential of the Russian nation, but he became much more pessimistic about the soundness and reformability of the Russian state.