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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As for much of the tech industry, 2018 has been a year of reckoning for artificial intelligence. James Vincent, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: AI," 30 Dec. 2018 By most reckonings, A Star Is Born is most properly a musical: It’s certainly dramatic, but its original songs advance the plot and describe the emotional state of the characters, which usually is the definition of a musical. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Why A Star Is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody aren’t musicals, according to the Golden Globes," 6 Dec. 2018 Another dot-com reckoning, the Chinese version of a cycle that erased billions of dollars of value from America’s tech sector in the 2000s and chilled tech investment for years. Liza Lin, WSJ, "In China, a Dot-Com Déjà-Vu," 13 Oct. 2018 For most tech companies, that triumphalism continued all the way through the 2016 election, when revelations about misinformation and foreign meddling forced an industry-wide reckoning with its own power. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "Civic Tech in a Time of Technopessimism," 25 June 2018 Then there’s reckoning with the politics of the past. James Grebey, GQ, "Chromeo Are Here Because You Need Funk in Your Life," 12 June 2018 And, no, not even Michael Jordan was, at least by my eye and reckoning, although parsing LeBron vs. Michael rather than simply celebrating the other-worldly majesty of both is like arguing Beethoven or Mozart while the symphony plays. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Here's why, win or lose in NBA Finals, it's time to call LeBron James the greatest ever," 30 May 2018 The fallout has led to a reckoning in gymnastics specifically and the U.S. Olympic movement more broadly. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, "Senate serves subpoenas for hearing on sexual abuse of Olympic athletes," 29 May 2018 This reckoning has been most visible as a parade of negative headlines about algorithmic systems. James Vincent, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: AI," 30 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of reckoning

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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