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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Could United Hatzalah serve as a model for reconciliation across the Middle East? Eliora Katz, WSJ, "Jews and Muslims Unite to Save Lives," 17 Dec. 2018 The reconciliation was sponsored by Cardinal Bechara al-Rai, head of the Maronite church, Lebanon’s largest. Bassem Mroue, The Seattle Times, "Lebanese civil war rivals end decades of hostility," 14 Nov. 2018 Mr Sadr has denounced Shia chauvinism, urged reconciliation with Sunnis and reached out to the region’s Sunni champion, Saudi Arabia, and its crown prince, Muhammad bin Salman. The Economist, "Burnt votes and an election recount might plunge Iraq into crisis," 14 June 2018 Assassination Nation leaves room for reconciliation and redemption, but only for a select few. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Assassination Nation is a vicious, cathartic horror film about misogyny," 21 Sep. 2018 That could pave the way for reconciliation and, perhaps, give Ethiopia renewed access to Eritrea’s ports. The Economist, "Ethiopia’s new prime minister wants peace and privatisation," 7 June 2018 As far as Syria is concerned, the task of establishing peace and reconciliation in this country could be the first showcase example of the successful joint work. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Read the full transcript of the Helsinki press conference," 16 July 2018 Following Bieber's reconciliation with Selena Gomez and their break up earlier this year, Bieber and Baldwin started to be seen together more frequently in their common hangout spot, New York City. Connor Whittum, Billboard, "5 Things to Know About Hailey Baldwin," 9 July 2018 The Importance of Blood, written by James Breen, portrays a mysterious young woman named Rose who returns to her hometown years after disappearing to seek reconciliation with her estranged family. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jamie M. Dagg to Direct Thriller 'The Importance of Blood'," 17 Apr. 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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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 \

Kids Definition of reconciliation

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

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