reconciliation

noun rec·on·cil·i·a·tion \ ˌre-kən-ˌsi-lē-ˈā-shən \
Updated on: 21 Apr 2018
1 : the action of reconciling : the state of being reconciled
2 : the Roman Catholic sacrament of penance
3 US government : a legislative process that enables expedited passage of a bill relating to certain matters in the federal budget by a simple majority of votes
  • used reconciliation to repeal the bill passed during the prior session of Congress
  • Aides to senior House Republicans said Thursday that committee chairmen were meeting now to decide whether a budget plan … will include parliamentary language, known as reconciliation instructions, that would allow much of a Republican health care plan to pass the filibuster-prone Senate with a simple majority.
  • —Jonathan Weisman

reconciliatory

play \ˌre-kən-ˈsil-yə-ˌtȯr-ē, -ˈsi-lē-ə-\ adjective

Examples of reconciliation in a Sentence

  1. Signing the trade agreement was praised as an act of reconciliation between the two countries.

  2. He contacted us in hopes of a reconciliation.

  3. a reconciliation of opposing views

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Origin and Etymology of reconciliation

Middle English reconsiliacioun, from Anglo-French, from Latin reconciliation-, reconciliatio, from reconciliare

RECONCILIATION Defined for English Language Learners

reconciliation

  • : the act of causing two people or groups to become friendly again after an argument or disagreement

  • : the process of finding a way to make two different ideas, facts, etc., exist or be true at the same time


RECONCILIATION Defined for Kids

reconciliation

noun rec·on·cil·i·a·tion \ ˌre-kən-ˌsi-lē-ˈā-shən \
: the act of becoming friendly again (as after a disagreement)


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