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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Voyage Home—in other words, all the best Trek movies, by most fans' reckoning. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 9 Sep. 2022 By Fortune‘s reckoning, the Chinese government owns a majority stake in at least 87—or about two-thirds—of the companies from Greater China on this year’s list. Clay Chandler, Fortune, 18 Aug. 2022 By Forbes' reckoning, James owns properties that together are worth $80 million. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 3 June 2022 Fueled by the racial reckoning that swept the country in 2020, and helped by pandemic closures that provided time for introspection, several American museums are quietly working to repatriate their holdings of Benin art to Nigeria. Peggy Mcglone, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 Given Brian Kelly’s track record of success at all of his coaching stops, his arrival should be worth another win or two by the reckoning of many Bayou Bengals followers. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2022 But that would be modest, because judges have deferred to government agencies much further back than the 1930s; by one reckoning, something very much like Chevron deference existed as early as 1827. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 22 Mar. 2022 By this reckoning, the substantial Hindu minority in East Pakistan was an affront to Pakistan’s status as an Islamic nation. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, 18 Mar. 2022 In both India and China, obesity is at epidemic levels by medical reckoning. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of reckoning

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Sep 2022

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“Reckoning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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