rec·la·ma·tion | \ˌre-klə-ˈmā-shən \

Definition of reclamation 

: the act or process of reclaiming: such as

a : reformation, rehabilitation

b : restoration to use : recovery

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Examples of reclamation in a Sentence

pumped water out of the field as part of the land reclamation program designed to provide farmers with more farmland

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Land reclamation projects here date back to the 19th century. Shanna Baker, Smithsonian, "The Quest to Preserve the Last of Castro’s Crocodiles," 21 June 2018 While the I-84/ Park Road project continues, the town has about 8.3 miles of road reconstruction, reclamation and milling projects slated to be completed by summer’s end. Mikaela Porter, Courant Community, "Work Continues On Park Road/ I-84, Local Road Projects Continue Through July," 20 June 2018 Joy Out of Fire, with its exploration of black womanhood and reclamation of history, showcases Báez’s curiosity and discipline. Morgan Sykes, The Cut, "The Artist Creating Visual Roadmaps of Black Womanhood," 13 May 2018 This unforgettable novel adds to his lifelong work of cultural reclamation. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Ismail Kadare: The Conscience of His People," 15 June 2018 That the meme is being remixed and laughed at by LGBTQ people creates a context of reclamation that would be missing if LGBTQ people weren’t the ones having fun with it. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "How the “homophobic Millie Bobby Brown” meme made the actress quit Twitter.," 14 June 2018 The Bruce Rondon reclamation project appears to have hit its expiration date as the White Sox designated the powerful, erratic right-hander for assignment on Wednesday. Phil Rogers,, "White Sox designate reliever Bruce Rondon for assignment, call up Jeanmar Gomez," 11 July 2018 Matt Harvey is a reclamation project in Cincinnati. John Shea,, "Dusty Baker’s long gone as Nationals, Bryce Harper struggle," 7 July 2018 Until now, the Lakers seemed a fancy reclamation project — a stately home with historic bones, in dire need of hammers, nails and a semi-load of drywall. Bryce Miller,, "Memo to Luke Walton: Here's comes LeBron ... and all that comes with it," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of reclamation

1633, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for reclamation

French réclamation, from Latin reclamation-, reclamatio, from reclamare

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rec·la·ma·tion | \ˌre-klə-ˈmā-shən \

Kids Definition of reclamation

: the act or process of recovering : the state of being recovered


rec·la·ma·tion | \ˌre-klə-ˈmā-shən \

Legal Definition of reclamation 

1 : the act or process of reclaiming the reclamation of goods delivered to an insolvent buyer

2 : a right to reclaim (as under commercial law)

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