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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That acknowledgement fits into a larger demand for a racial reckoning in America, a demand that is also seen in calls to remove Confederate monuments and expand teaching about the legacy and impact of slavery. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "By passing the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act this week, the Senate acknowledged its role in decades of racial terrorism.," 21 Dec. 2018 Yet historical reckoning in an ongoing climate of fear is no easy endeavor, and white supremacists remain determined to exploit the fractures within today’s left and right, as much as the polarization between them. James Loeffler, WSJ, "The Struggle for Charlottesville," 10 Aug. 2018 For the past year, Zuckerberg said that Facebook has been undergoing an internal reckoning over its growing influence on world affairs. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Admits 'Huge Mistake' But Will Not Step Down," 4 Apr. 2018 The allegations against White resurfaced in reports by New York magazine and Slate in the week leading up to his appearance in PyeongChang, which comes amid a national reckoning over the treatment of women in the workplace. Katie Reilly, Time, "Snowboarder Shaun White Settled a Sexual Harassment Lawsuit. Here's What You Need to Know," 13 Feb. 2018 The initial allegations led to a reckoning in Hollywood as other powerful men like Kevin Spacey and former Amazon studio exec Roy Price. Ale Russian,, "Rosanna Arquette Overcome with Emotion as She Thanks Other Women and Men in #MeToo Movement," 21 Jan. 2018 Doing so made Waterbury the only dancer to publicly come forward and to use her name in what has since become a major part of the ballet world’s #MeToo reckoning. Rainesford Stauffer, WSJ, "For Ballet’s Foremost #MeToo Accuser, a Second Act," 22 Feb. 2019 And the ChurchToo catastrophe within the conference—the biggest Protestant denomination in the country, making up the majority of evangelicals—has also forced a reckoning. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, "ChurchToo and Mike Pence’s Crisis of Faith," 21 June 2018 In 2016 a Renmin University professor published a paper for the EU-China Social Protection Reform Project reckoning that by 2050 China’s economic growth rate would drop to 2% due to the population decline. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "China’s Looming Labor Shortage," 10 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of reckoning

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 boil down or concentrate

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