reconciliation

noun
rec·on·cil·i·a·tion | \ˌre-kən-ˌsi-lē-ˈā-shən \

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, -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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Even Horace Greeley, the abolitionist editor of the New York Daily Tribune, now called for reconciliation and put up $25,000 of his own money for Davis’s bail. Fergus M. Bordewich, WSJ, "‘The Lost Indictment of Robert E. Lee’ Review: The Cost of Conciliation," 12 July 2018 In brief remarks at a hotel in central Mexico City, Lopez Obrador called for reconciliation after a polarizing campaign and promised profound change but with respect for the law and constitutional order. Mark Stevenson, Fox News, "Mexico gives leftist Lopez Obrador big presidential win," 2 July 2018 In brief remarks at a hotel in central Mexico City late Sunday, Lopez Obrador called for reconciliation after a polarizing campaign and promised profound change but with respect for the law and constitutional order. Mark Stevenson, chicagotribune.com, "After winning election, Mexico's Lopez Obrador reaches out to Trump, seeks NAFTA deal," 2 July 2018 In brief remarks at a hotel in central Mexico City, Lopez Obrador called for reconciliation after a polarizing campaign and promised profound change but with respect for the law and constitutional order. Mark Stevenson, Peter Orsi And Christopher Sherman, Houston Chronicle, "Mexico gives leftist Lopez Obrador big presidential win," 2 July 2018 The witty, biting repartee among the ladies begins almost immediately, setting the tone for 18 rounds of non-stop put downs, hurt feelings, revelations and reconciliations. Mitchel Benson, sacbee, "‘Ladies Foursome’ maintains remarkable chemistry in return to B Street Theatre," 10 July 2018 Tax cuts — by orders of magnitude the right’s highest domestic priority — can be passed with 50 votes through reconciliation. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Chuck Schumer Is Secretly Sabotaging the Next Democratic President," 28 June 2018 Between them, two forms of musical (and often male) angst traditions achieved reconciliation: the pathos and self-loathing of rock, and the aggrieved confidence of hip-hop. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Linkin Park Gave to Pop Music," 25 June 2018 Contrary to Germany that really went through a truth and reconciliation process on the issue of accountability (for the Holocaust), Austria did not. Jessica Zack, SFChronicle.com, "Unflinching looks at Austria’s past, Kurt Waldheim at Jewish Film Festival," 10 July 2018

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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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reconciliation

noun

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

reconciliation

noun
rec·on·cil·i·a·tion | \ˌre-kən-ˌsi-lē-ˈā-shən \

Kids Definition of reconciliation

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

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