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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The controversy surrounding lethal injection and capital punishment are part of a larger reckoning the United States is having about how justice is delivered and what role the state should play in that process. Abdullah Shihipar, Teen Vogue, "Lethal Injection Drugs and the Death Penalty, Explained," 30 Oct. 2018 Oliver and Violet become a couple, and deception and reckonings ensue. Tom Keogh, The Seattle Times, "‘Stella’s Last Weekend’: Dog brings only grace to ill-conceived family affair," 25 Oct. 2018 Yet in this extraordinary moment of cultural reckoning, our lack of real options for addressing such experiences should not be ignored. Isobel Yeung, Glamour, "For Some Sexual Assault Survivors, Justice Looks Like a Sit-Down With Their Assailant," 16 Oct. 2018 This is partly the result of an internal reckoning. Maya Singer, Vogue, "Why the Fashion World Needs to Commit to an 18+ Modeling Standard," 16 Aug. 2018 Gary Tuggle, interim Police Commissioner of Baltimore What's happening in Baltimore offers a view of the possible costs of a remarkable national reckoning over how police officers have treated minorities. Brad Heath, USA TODAY, "Baltimore police stopped noticing crime after Freddie Gray's death. A wave of killings followed.," 12 July 2018 Yes, so much reckoning could have happened in the spaces of Diaz’s essay where those em dashes lie. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "On Junot Díaz’s ‘The Silence’ and Our Uncomfortable Reckoning," 24 Apr. 2018 The problem with entitlement spending, by this reckoning, is politics: Individual members of Congress favor their own constituencies or donors even when doing so harms the country as a whole. Jay Cost, National Review, "Good Riddance to IPAB, the Independent Payment Advisory Board," 12 Feb. 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

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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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