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

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 The club also added around the edges, bringing backup catcher Curt Casali, infielder Jake Lamb and pitching reclamation project Matthew Boyd aboard. Tony Blengino, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 Dozens of organizations and causes ranging from state colleges and brownfields reclamation jobs to town police departments and new housing projects are on the commission’s list for funding. Hartford Courant, 27 July 2022 Road selling dried seafood and a temple where fishermen came to worship by boat, back before reclamation pushed the avenue inland. New York Times, 30 June 2022 Touton said accelerating climate change — including hotter temperatures leading to earlier and less snowfall, drier soil and other conditions — have created declines in reclamation systems never seen before. Janet Wilson, USA TODAY, 16 June 2022 Teck American has also filed a plan designed to protect the caribou population, an important subsistence food, and a reclamation plan for restoring the area at the end of the project. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 16 June 2022 Founders Adam Hills and Maria Speake take a regenerative approach to reclamation. The Editors Of Elle Decor, ELLE Decor, 1 June 2022 The state only required about $1.7 million in reclamation bonds. James Bruggers, The Courier-Journal, 18 Apr. 2022 The start of the Padres’ reclamation tour in 2022, lurching to life Thursday night against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field, centers around a collective exercise in tunnel vision. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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8 Aug 2022

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“Reclamation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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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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