rec·​la·​ma·​tion | \ ˌre-klə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce reclamation (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web An important part of the 21st century’s cultural imprint will be the reclamation of black stories by black artists. New York Times, "They Asked Black Artists About Inspiration. Here, They Share Their Own.," 29 Mar. 2020 The litigation resulted in a settlement in which the reclamation district agreed to upgrade its pollution controls at its largest wastewater plants by 2030. Tony Briscoe,, "There’s a giant dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico — thanks in large part to pollution from Chicago," 14 June 2019 The evidence: Claimed off waivers in February as a reclamation project. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings roster: Who's back, who's not, and who's in between next season," 5 Apr. 2020 The report said bankruptcies by well operators could saddle the government with $46 million to $333 million in reclamation liabilities. Matthew Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Report: Cleanup of abandoned oil, gas wells could cost US," 18 Sep. 2019 And the Lions signed former first-round pick Garnett as a reclamation project earlier this winter. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "NFL free agency preview: Ex-Michigan State football star Jack Conklin headlines OT group," 11 Mar. 2020 Corrine Drive Baptist Church East End Market JuxtaposeJS Forbes pointed to the recent reclamation of an old Orlando church, at 331 Cathcart Ave. Mary Shanklin,, "Building owners weigh preservation vs demolition," 18 Sep. 2017 In December 2016, the Obama administration published a revision to regulations that all but required reforestation for surface-mine reclamation. Washington Post, "Kentucky was devastated for decades by mountaintop removal. Now scientists have figured out a way to undo the damage — one tree at a time.," 13 Feb. 2020 That led to November, when Wings general manager Steve Yzerman acquired Fabbri in exchange for grinder Jacob de la Rose, a reclamation project the Wings had picked up off waivers in October 2018. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Why Detroit Red Wings' Robby Fabbri was a perfect fit for Steve Yzerman and the team," 30 Jan. 2020

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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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27 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Reclamation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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rec·​la·​ma·​tion | \ ˌre-klə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce reclamation (audio) \

Kids Definition of reclamation

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


rec·​la·​ma·​tion | \ ˌre-klə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce reclamation (audio) \

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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