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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Though the program was pitched prior to Hollywood's 2017 reckoning, the Apple TV+ series mirrors real life. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Jennifer Aniston feels 'incredible' at 50, but there's one thing about aging she won't embrace," 4 Sep. 2019 The goofy rom-com vibe gives way to a more serious and more surrealistic final chapter in which Emi has a reckoning with herself, with love and with death. Dominic P. Papatola, Twin Cities, "Review: ‘Hot Asian Doctor Husband’ really funny, but needs streamlining," 18 Aug. 2019 Morrison understood the challenge then and now: reckoning, via language and imagination, with a complete history of how this nation was formed. Syreeta Mcfadden, The Atlantic, "What Toni Morrison Knew About Trump," 13 Aug. 2019 Moral decisions emerge from private reckonings, from individuals listening to their conscience. Washington Post, "Can artists right the ills of an unjust world by staging museum protests?," 24 July 2019 Former Spanish River High School Principal William Latson’s day of reckoning, anxiously awaited by Boca Raton residents and observers across the country who have called for his firing, has been delayed. Lois K. Solomon,, "School board to investigate — not dismiss — principal who made Holocaust comments," 23 July 2019 Democrats were demanding a reckoning, a vote on the floor of the House condemning his racist remarks that would showcase their own unity and moral vision. Anchorage Daily News, "‘He always doubles down’: Inside the political crisis caused by Trump’s racist tweets," 21 July 2019 Part gender revolution, part cultural reckoning, movements like #TimesUp in Hollywood and #MeToo have empowered women in recent years to share their personal stories and strike back against oppressors. Rick Maese And Ava Wallace,, "The US women’s soccer team’s battle for equality is transcending sport," 10 July 2019 By that reckoning, despite Clinton’s election by popular plurality in 1992, his presidency was illegitimate. Sean Wilentz, The New York Review of Books, "Presumed Guilty," 7 Mar. 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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