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 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 Gritty has been widely declared antifa, and was subject to attempted reclamation in the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Gritty’s evolution from googly-eyed hockey mascot to meme to leftist avatar, explained," 24 Dec. 2018 The work was not only a brilliant exercise in reclamation but also an exploration of shifts in cultural temper and a shrewd meditation on biographical writing. Katherine A. Powers, WSJ, "‘L.E.L.’ Review: The Case of the ‘Female Byron’," 1 Mar. 2019 The reclamation portion will be done during the day and paving will be done at night. Mikaela Porter, Courant Community, "Work Continues On Park Road/ I-84, Local Road Projects Continue Through July," 20 June 2018 Photo: Eun-Young Jeong/The Wall Street Journal The region’s pigsties and manure-reclamation facilities have led to more than 155 smell complaints in Jeonbuk Innocity this year, according to a provincial official. Eun-young Jeong, WSJ, "Want to Oversee the World’s Third-Largest Pension Fund? There’s Just One Catch," 11 Sep. 2018 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

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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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