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

That incident sparked a national reckoning over historical monuments that, to many, glorify racial or cultural oppression. Dominic Fracassa,, "Judge quashes attempt to bring back controversial SF statue," 13 June 2019 In the end, a case that sparked a national reckoning over race and justice will reach its conclusion in a largely semantic inquiry about police takedown tactics. Wesley Lowery, Washington Post, "‘I can’t breathe.’ Five years after Eric Garner died in struggle with New York police, resolution still elusive.," 13 June 2019 And at an even broader level, this election is something of a referendum on how people feel about Silicon Valley at this moment of reckoning for Big Tech. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "A venture capitalist is running for Congress in farm country. And his opponent is turning those Silicon Valley bona fides into an insult.," 20 Sep. 2018 The review came amid a reckoning in Britain over gender pay gaps more broadly. Amie Tsang, New York Times, "BBC Apologizes to Carrie Gracie, Former China Editor, Over Unequal Pay," 29 June 2018 His death, ruled a homicide, prompted weeks of protests, violent riots, and a national reckoning over police conduct and racial injustice. Graham Ambrose,, "Installation at the Gardner honors the ‘unfinished business’ of Freddie Gray," 28 June 2018 As students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School push for gun control in Tallahassee in the wake of a shooting that claimed 17 lives, there is a nationwide reckoning over how to stop mass shootings and violence. CBS News, "Touched by gun violence, diverse group debates future of firearms in America," 21 Feb. 2018 Diane Yentel, coalition president and CEO, echoed the hopes of many that the candidates will lead a reckoning about housing. Bill Lambrecht,, "Julián Castro draws on HUD experience as 2020 candidates pitch affordable housing plans," 13 June 2019 Her pregnancy announcement prompted a national conversation about working mothers, and an international reckoning about the rarity of pregnant women in the world’s corridors of power. New York Times, "New Zealand’s Leader, Jacinda Ardern, Delivers a Baby Girl," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of reckoning

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for reckoning



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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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