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Definition of reckoning

1 : the act or an instance of reckoning: such as
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 As pressure mounts, is this the final reckoning for Adolph Rupp's legacy at Kentucky? Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "UK women's basketball team aims to spark dialogue about racism, police brutality on campus," 16 Sep. 2020 Both Floyd and Taylor were unjustly murdered by police officers earlier this year— their deaths prompting the start of a global racial reckoning. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chloe x Halle Honor George Floyd and Breonna Taylor in a Moving NFL Kickoff Performance," 11 Sep. 2020 Here is a list of the chiefs who have left their positions amid a summer of racial reckoning. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "More than a dozen police chiefs faced backlash – and left – after George Floyd's death. Here's a list.," 10 Sep. 2020 And yet, despite all the criticisms the industry faces, Lauren-Brooke says it’s able to survive because there’s never been an honest reckoning with public officials about the role these companies play. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, "When a private prison company came to small-town Wyoming (audio)," 24 Aug. 2020 In a Zoom briefing for reporters on Thursday, the report’s authors, Todd Harrison and Seamus Daniels, warned that there could be a reckoning in the near future — in which pressure will increase to make big cuts in defense spending. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Biden and Trump both lay claim to being better able to stand up to America’s enemies," 21 Aug. 2020 After George Floyd and Breonna Taylor were killed by police this year, there has been a reckoning in the world. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Dolly Parton Speaks Up About BLM: ‘Of Course Black Lives Matter’," 14 Aug. 2020 But without the trade war, there would still be a reckoning at some point for TikTok, as there was in turn for Twitter, Facebook, TV, radio, the telephone, the telegraph and the carrier pigeon. Eva Dou, Washington Post, "Why TikTok was destined to land in Trump’s crosshairs," 4 Aug. 2020 The book finds in its subject the same fears and prejudices that feed present-day tribal identities, cautions against historical amnesia, and invites a broader kind of reckoning. The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 7 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of reckoning

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Reckoning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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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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