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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Recent Examples on the Web The proposals come amid a national reckoning over the killings of Black people at the hands of police. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Police violence prompts state debates over releasing officer records," 2 May 2021 The proposals come amid a national reckoning over the killings of Black people at the hands of police. Colleen Slevin, The Christian Science Monitor, "Transparency push to release police disciplinary records," 2 May 2021 The proposals come amid a national reckoning over the killings of Black people at the hands of police., "Amid debate on policing the police, states consider greater transparency for records on use of force," 2 May 2021 The questions surrounding the soldier’s death have forced a reckoning in the Army over how the force responds to reports of harassment and violence. New York Times, "Military Missteps Allowed Soldier Accused of Murder to Flee, Report Says," 30 Apr. 2021 The event also took place amid environmental concerns over the use of fireworks in the dry land and as the country engaged in a reckoning over its monuments and racist history. Caroline Kelly, CNN, "South Dakota governor sues Interior Dept. over denied permit for Mount Rushmore July 4th fireworks," 30 Apr. 2021 The change in Baldwin County occurred around the time of a national reckoning over the battle flag following a mass shooting in Charleston, S.C., in which nine churchgoers were killed inside a historically black church. al, "Alabama debates removing Confederate battle flag from coat of arms," 28 Apr. 2021 The charges come amid a national reckoning over police brutality, wherein the legitimacy of police accounts of interactions with the public has come under scrutiny in some cases. Victoria Albert, CBS News, "Two New Jersey cops charged with assaulting a man and filing a false police report," 27 Apr. 2021 The charges came a day after former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of killing George Floyd, a Black man whose death last May helped spark a national reckoning over racial injustice and police brutality. NBC News, "Deputy accused of fatally shooting Black man in busy California intersection," 23 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of reckoning

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 May 2021

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“Reckoning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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