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
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 In the aftermath of the #MeToo movement and as a long-overdue racial reckoning sweeps the globe, the role of the apology has never been more important. Emma Specter, Vogue, "Mandy Moore’s Response to Ex-husband Ryan Adams Is a Timely Reminder of the Limits of Public Apologies," 7 July 2020 The killing of George Floyd has brought an intense moment of racial reckoning in the United States. New York Times, "Artists and Writers Warn of an ‘Intolerant Climate.’ Reaction Is Swift.," 7 July 2020 The Fourth of July celebration at the landmark arrives at a moment of national reckoning over America’s racist past. Colby Itkowitz,, "Trump to hold holiday event as virus surges," 3 July 2020 The day of reckoning had come for DeAngelo, Ho said. CBS News, "Golden State Killer pleads guilty to murders, allegedly said: "I did all that"," 29 June 2020 The backlash against the figures evolved out of protests over the death of George Floyd while in police custody last month, prompting a racial reckoning in the U.S. against racial injustice and police brutality. Fox News, "Trump tweeting to identify Andrew Jackson statue vandals," 28 June 2020 The move by the two teams is the latest in a series of overhauls, happening as protests surrounding the murder of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor have lead to a larger racial reckoning across the country. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "Oregon and Oregon State will no longer call their games 'Civil War'," 26 June 2020 This proactive decision comes in the midst of a racial reckoning in the United States in which people are asking for immediate, overdue, anti-racist change in systems like the police force and our entertainment. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Tina Fey Asked For Offensive 30 Rock Episodes To Be Pulled — But She Has More Work To Do," 23 June 2020 As thousands of Americans lend their voices to protests, artists are letting their brushes speak of racial reckoning. Carly Mallenbaum, USA Today, "Art activism: Stories behind murals, street paintings and portraits created in protest," 22 June 2020

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First Known Use of reckoning

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Jul 2020

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“Reckoning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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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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