Definition of reconcile
2 : to make consistent or congruous reconcile an ideal with reality
3 : to cause to submit to or accept something unpleasant was reconciled to hardship
4a : to check (a financial account) against another for accuracyb : to account for
: to become reconciled
reconcilabilityplay \ˌre-kən-ˌsī-lə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
reconcilableplay \ˌre-kən-ˈsī-lə-bəl, ˈre-kən-ˌ\ adjective
reconcilementplay \ˈre-kən-ˌsī(-ə)l-mənt\ noun
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Examples of reconcile in a Sentence
She and Eddie had separated and reconciled so many times the children had lost track of whose clothes were where. —John Grisham, The Chamber, 1995
He thought they might reconcile the Parisians to his daring design by reminding them of the familiar arches of their bridges. —Mario Salvadori, Why Buildings Stand Up, 1990
By exposing the comic-pathetic quality of the human condition, it temporarily reconciles us to that condition without creating in us complacence, lethargy, or any negative emotion. —Clifton Fadiman, Center Magazine, January-February 1971
It is a function of architecture to reconcile technology with human cussedness, to make the mechanics of life endurable … —Russell Lynes, Harper's, October 1968
It can be difficult to reconcile your ideals with reality.
historians have never been able to reconcile the two eyewitness accounts of the battle
Recent Examples of reconcile from the Web
Already, the GOP is finding that its commitments to ever-higher military spending and ever-lower taxes can’t be reconciled without draconian cuts to popular safety-net programs and public services.
Initially, Egypt sought to pressure Abbas into reconciling and sharing power with Dahlan, but upon Abbas’s refusal, Egypt looked to Hamas to install Dahlan in power.
At a conference in May, the U.S.G.A. executive director Mike Davis answered questions about Trump’s more lascivious remarks against women in the past and how the organization reconciles its choice to remain at the Bedminster site.
Discrepancies and additions to the order are reconciled later.
A huge question that sixties feminism failed to answer had to do with sex: Could a healthy heterosexual libido be reconciled with good movement politics?
What’s harder is to reconcile the inevitable social change with an ultra-conservative strain of Islam like nowhere else on earth.
Negotiations will be required to reconcile the differences -- assuming the Senate can pass its bill with a vote expected next week.
If the Senate passes something, lawmakers will have to find a way to reconcile their differences with the House to get a bill to the president’s desk.
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Origin and Etymology of reconcile
Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French reconciler, from Latin reconciliare, from re- + conciliare to conciliate
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of reconcile
RECONCILE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of reconcile for English Language Learners
: to find a way of making (two different ideas, facts, etc.) exist or be true at the same time
: to cause people or groups to become friendly again after an argument or disagreement
RECONCILE Defined for Kids
Definition of reconcile for Students
1 : to make friendly again She helped to reconcile friends who had been quarreling.
2 : to settle by agreement : adjust You'll have to reconcile your differences.
3 : to make agree His story cannot be reconciled with the facts.
4 : to cause to give in or accept I reconciled myself to the loss.
Legal Definition of reconcile
1 a : to restore to harmony reconciled the parties reconciled the marriage b : to bring to resolution reconcile differences
2a : to check (a financial account) against another for accuracy b : to account for
: to become reconciled; specifically : to voluntarily resume cohabitation as spouses prior to a divorce becoming final with the mutual intention of remaining together and reestablishing a harmonious relationship denied the complaint for divorce because the parties had reconciled
reconcilability\ˌre-kən-ˌsī-lə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ play noun
reconcilable\ˌre-kən-ˈsī-lə-bəl\ play adjective
reconciliation\ˌre-kən-ˌsi-lē-ˈā-shən\ play noun
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