rec·​on·​cil·​i·​a·​tion | \ ˌre-kən-ˌsi-lē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce reconciliation (audio) \

Definition of reconciliation

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

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Other Words from reconciliation

reconciliatory \ ˌre-​kən-​ˈsil-​yə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce reconciliatory (audio) , -​ˈsi-​lē-​ə-​ \ adjective

Examples of reconciliation in a Sentence

Signing the trade agreement was praised as an act of reconciliation between the two countries. He contacted us in hopes of a reconciliation. a reconciliation of opposing views
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Recent Examples on the Web My sense is that this extended act of imagination is an act of reconciliation, undertaken out of love. Willing Davidson, The New Yorker, "Sarah Shun-lien Bynum on the Relaxing of Boundaries in Fiction," 20 Apr. 2020 Though the faithful use the term last rites colloquially to mean the anointing, the church views it as three sacraments -- anointing, Holy Eucharist and reconciliation, also known as confession. Los Angeles Times, "Holy oil, masks and FaceTime: The coronavirus forces Catholics to adapt last rites," 11 Apr. 2020 But social media pages supportive of the president were flooded with praise for the pardon, underscoring the continuing divide over the war and the reconciliation efforts that have followed. New York Times, "As Pandemic Rages, Sri Lanka’s President Pardons a War Criminal," 28 Mar. 2020 Presented by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, the program is adapted from the KAIROS Blanket Exercise, which was developed in Canada as part of the country’s First Nations reconciliation effort. Anchorage Daily News, "To better understand the present, they walk through Alaska’s past," 10 Mar. 2020 Gbagbo officially received nearly 46 percent of the vote in 2010 and maintains a strong base of supporters who allege they have been left out of the reconciliation process in the years since his ouster. Mike Corder,, "Lawyers to ICC: Free Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo unconditionally," 6 Feb. 2020 Hamas, considered by Israel and the U.S. to be a terrorist organization, controls the Gaza Strip after multiple failed reconciliation efforts with the Palestinian Authority, which controls the Palestinian parts of the West Bank. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "Trump’s Mideast Peace Plan Charts Two-State Course for Israelis, Palestinians," 29 Jan. 2020 Recognizing the importance of traditional songs and creating a context to promote this knowledge is fundamental to Canada’s reconciliation process. Popular Science, "Ecological secrets hide between the notes of indigenous songs," 6 Jan. 2020 The 1898 war helped with a difficult reconciliation process that had only begun to take place in the early 1890s. Kevin Dayhoff,, "Dayhoff: Happy birthday to the Marines and Carroll County’s role in the history of the corps," 11 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of reconciliation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for reconciliation

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

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The first known use of reconciliation was in the 14th century

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3 May 2020

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“Reconciliation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of 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


rec·​on·​cil·​i·​a·​tion | \ ˌre-kən-ˌsi-lē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce reconciliation (audio) \

Kids Definition of reconciliation

: the act of becoming friendly again (as after a disagreement)

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