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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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--For a reformation to be "qualified," the difference between the actuarial value of the qualified (post-reformation) interest and reformable (pre-reformation) interest cannot exceed 5 percent of the actuarial value of the reformable (pre-reformation) interest.
En cambio, no ocurria lo mismo en el caso contrario: la sentencia no era reformable por via gubernativa, y debia apelarse siguiendo un orden judicial (110).
(2) On the other hand, behind the libertine villain, or even the "reformable" rake, with his sexually predatory customs rather than a perverse nature, we often find a faulty education that instils the deeply mistaken principles that rule the world and are associated in these narratives with the urban milieu, the metropolis and the higher classes: the correct education being that which assists the action of a person's inherent nature compared to the wrong one being that which twists it and leads the person astray.
La norme d'intervention est differente sur une question de droit: toute erreur est en principe reformable, a condition qu'elle ait ete determinante, c'est-a-dire qu'elle ait eu un impact demontrable sur le dispositif du jugement entrepris.
(142) Occasionally, probation was given to children who were deemed to have had negative social influences but still considered "reformable." (143)
This fallacy of univocity helps explain also Latouche's 'paradoxical politics of degrowth' (Latouche, 2009: 172), according to which on the one hand 'we need to institute society again' because 'the system is not reformable' (Latouche, 2009: 168 and 171), but on the other, since 'politics has to compromise with evil', then this revolutionary potential is compatible with political reformism.
The most resilient was that Syria under the Assads was reformable. The masks are down, so that when the Syrian president brings up his purported reform program these days, he is greeted with contempt.
A church that exerted its influence in behalf of slavery should be rebuked, but as Thome wrote, "this is a case which calls not for proscription, extermination and destruction, but for patience, kindness, forbearance and instruction?' By abandoning a potentially reformable church over a single issue, come-outerism came dangerously close to fabricating a religion of its own, a faith that was "to all intents and purposes devotion to the slave." Accordingly, slavery seemed the only sin worth acknowledging.
And it is how charity and hope abide with each other in this-worldly vulnerability that outlines the religious narrative, as opposed to the fundamentalist narrative on the one hand and scientific narratives on the other, both of which so heavily rely upon the cognitive constructs of "faith as certainty." This-worldly religious hope tends to the "non-certitudinous" as it is empirical and reformable by the resistances of the natural world, whereas otherworldly hope tends to the certitudinous as it is mythical and faithin-alternative-symbolic-universe.