reck·​on·​ing | \ ˈre-kə-niŋ How to pronounce reckoning (audio) , ˈrek-niŋ \

Definition of reckoning

1 : the act or an instance of reckoning: such as
a : account, bill
c : calculation of a ship's position
2 : a settling of accounts day of reckoning
3 : a summing up

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Examples of reckoning in a Sentence

I was more than $10 off in my reckoning. When the day of reckoning comes, we will have to face some unpleasant truths. Our football team hardly comes into the reckoning. Because of his injury, he is out of the reckoning. The team is still in the reckoning.
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Recent Examples on the Web The time is now — during a historic mayoral race, a racial reckoning, and an economic upheaval that is emptying storefronts and reshaping retail districts., 24 July 2021 Again, there was no reckoning with the reasons behind the slogans, or the painful human experiences that led people to create them. Rex Huppke,, 26 June 2021 McCarthy pushes the thriller narrative in directions more extreme and harrowing than plausible, bringing Bill and Allison’s story to an unexpected point of reckoning. Los Angeles Times, 9 July 2021 In a changing society, as younger, more progressive Iranians chafe under the demands of their older family members, the killings have brought about something of a reckoning. New York Times, 5 July 2021 While liberals have been waiting for a day of reckoning, there are reasons for conservatives, too, to mark this day. Philip Elliott, Time, 1 July 2021 So for many of the campaigners, Wednesday -- when Spears is expected to speak at a California court hearing, potentially ending a years-long silence on the matter -- feels like a day of reckoning. Rob Picheta, CNN, 22 June 2021 Countless commentators with far superior knowledge of the game have taken us through the hours of reckoning. Christian Stadler, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 During the past year of social and cultural reckoning, many inside the Warriors organization did a lot of soul searching on issues of opportunity for all and institutional biases, unintentional or otherwise. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of reckoning

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Jul 2021

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“Reckoning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of reckoning

: the act of calculating the amount of something
: the time when your actions are judged as good or bad and you are rewarded or punished
: the act of judging something

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