reck·on·ing | \ˈre-kə-niŋ, ˈrek-niŋ\

Definition of reckoning 

1 : the act or an instance of reckoning: such as

a : account, bill

b : computation

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

So this, for him, was a larger psychological reckoning than just the guy who financed his movies. Lisa Miller, The Cut, "The Weaponized Amber Tamblyn," 8 July 2018 Will there be a reckoning for Theranos’s high-profile supporters? Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "7 questions to watch after criminal charges filed in the Theranos saga," 18 June 2018 Ten years on, the 1,500-plus lawsuits, filed mostly on behalf of cities, counties and states, could prove to be a costly reckoning for the opioid industry. Fred Schulte,, "How America got hooked on the deadly drug OxyContin," 18 June 2018 Ten years on, the 1,500-plus lawsuits, filed mostly on behalf of cities, counties and states, could prove to be a costly reckoning for the opioid industry. Fred Schulte, Washington Post, "How America Got Hooked On A Deadly Drug," 13 June 2018 At some point, there will have to be a reckoning on Brexit. Jane Merrick, CNN, "Theresa May's day of Brexit reckoning is coming, sooner or later," 11 June 2018 Still, there has been no reckoning with white, male violence, slightly more emphasis placed on male. Kirsten West Savali, The Root, "Where Can Black Children Walk Out to Safety?," 15 Mar. 2018 And there is this moment right now, there's a reckoning right now. Rebecca Nelson, Cosmopolitan, "Rep. Brenda Lawrence On Honoring Recy Taylor With Red Pins at the State of the Union," 29 Jan. 2018 What needs to come now is a more comprehensive reckoning. Mark A. R. Kleiman, Fortune, "Commentary: Larry Nassar Deserves a Life Sentence—Not Sexual Assault," 29 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of reckoning

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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reckon on

reckon up


Phrases Related to reckoning

by someone's reckoning

hour of reckoning

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The first known use of reckoning was in the 14th century

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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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to reject or criticize sharply

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