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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Most of the cases involved marijuana oils, federal authorities say, but the outbreak has also prompted a reckoning over the proliferation of vape products containing nicotine. oregonlive, "U.S. Senate demands answers on vaping illness epidemic as Trump and feds promise action," 11 Sep. 2019 Questions about income inequality, reparations for slavery and other issues from the nation's history of enslaving people are spilling into politics and culture with a reckoning not seen since the Civil Rights era. NBC News, "Black members of Congress mark 400th anniversary of enslaved Africans arriving in U.S.," 11 Sep. 2019 Since announcing his presidential bid, past ugly comments have resurfaced and forced a reckoning. The Economist, "Joe Walsh’s long-shot bid to dethrone Donald Trump," 29 Aug. 2019 The slowdown in tourism comes amid a broader reckoning. John Reed, Los Angeles Times, "Tourism was a powerful economic engine in Thailand. Then a boat full of Chinese sank," 23 Aug. 2019 But in 2026, a more severe reckoning looms when a long-term deal must be struck. The Washington Post, The Denver Post, "Trading water for cash along the Colorado River," 20 Aug. 2019 And at least one hospital has begun offering the experimental procedure—at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars—without formal approval or a full reckoning of the risks and benefits involved. Cassandra Willyard, Scientific American, "How a Revolutionary Technique Got People with Spinal-Cord Injuries Back on Their Feet," 7 Aug. 2019 But at least Caputo finally does have a reckoning of sorts with his behavior. Emily Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Orange Is the New Black," 27 July 2019 There is solace in knowing that the President, for all his bravado and cynicism, is acting largely out of a sense of what looms before him—a reckoning. David Remnick, The New Yorker, "Little Rocket Man," 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of reckoning

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 fake an opponent out of position

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