Definition of Reform Act in English:

Reform Act


  • An act framed to amend the system of parliamentary representation, especially any of those introduced in Britain during the 19th century.

    • ‘The 1832 Reform Act revised the parliamentary franchise, both in terms of which boroughs were represented and of who was entitled to vote.’
    • ‘Liberal horizons narrowed even more when the electorate, as the result of the Reform Act of 1918, expanded threefold not just by enfranchising women over 30 but non-householder men.’
    • ‘The dismal piece of history made on 5 May is that Tony Blair was re-elected with a meagre 36 per cent of the vote, making Labour the most unpopular party to form a majority government since the 1832 Reform Act.’
    • ‘He was largely responsible for the introduction of the second Reform Act, which doubled the electorate.’
    • ‘Despite strong popular agitation, the 1832 Reform Act had no whiff whatever of democracy about it: it put the old property franchises on a uniform and more rational basis, only increasing the electorate from about 435,000 to some 652,000.’