rec·​la·​ma·​tion | \ ˌre-klə-ˈmā-shən \

Definition of reclamation

: the act or process of reclaiming: such as
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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China has also done extensive land reclamation and installed new weaponry in the Paracels. Jeremy Page, WSJ, "China Says British Warship Entered Its Territorial Waters Without Permission," 6 Sep. 2018 Construction of the new base in Henoko slowed after Okinawa’s previous governor, Takeshi Onaga, revoked approval for land reclamation for the facility. Alastair Gale, WSJ, "Son of U.S. Marine Elected Governor of Okinawa," 30 Sep. 2018 Harvey, who previously emerged as a revelation for the New York Mets, owns a 5.39 ERA over that same span, making him little more than a reclamation project rather than a $200 million ace. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "The Best Free-Agent Class in Baseball History Has Lost Its Luster," 7 Nov. 2018 Nabor Carrillo absorbed rainwaters and prevented dust storms, part of a larger 1970s reclamation plan known as The Lake Texcoco Project. Mark Stevenson, Fox News, "Protesters: New Mexico City airport will hurt environment," 23 Aug. 2018 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

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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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