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

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The promise of Baker Mayfield in Cleveland greatly outweighs the Derek Carr reclamation project in Oakland. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "NFL Look-Ahead: Which new faces in new places will have biggest impact?," 1 July 2019 Fort Mose scholars can reflect on converging interests, allied resistance and narrative reclamation. Imani J. Jackson, Essence, "U.N. Recognizes Fort Mose, Free Black Town Established 127 Years Before Juneteenth," 19 June 2019 The Housing Authority of the City of Hartford partnered with Pennrose and The Cloud Company real estate developers last year to take on a total demolition and reclamation of Westbrook Village. Slade Rand,, "Redevelopment project at New Westbrook Village in Hartford begins," 10 June 2019 Good news is that the Padres have stockpiled enough prospects and interesting reclamation projects (Dinelson Lamet, Garrett Richards) to improve their odds of building a solid big-league rotation. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Padres thoughts: On Green; Machado ejection; team appeal for Myers," 18 June 2019 Their doing so is at once reclamation project, act of defiance, and squat. Mark Feeney,, "A sense of dislocation in ‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco’," 13 June 2019 There’s also Madison Bowey, deemed a reclamation project when acquired as part of the Nick Jensen trade. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings' preseason schedule features rivals, lots of internal competition," 13 June 2019 The public spaces are examples of the design power of urban reclamation. Andrea Bennett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Will New Casinos Bring a "MassVegas" to New England?," 17 Dec. 2018 In the years since, China has pressed ahead with land reclamation and building in the area. Emily Rauhala, Washington Post, "China to U.S.: It’s your fault we are in the South China Sea," 22 Jan. 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 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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