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

Other Words from reconciliation

reconciliatory \ ˌre-​kən-​ˈsil-​yə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce reconciliation (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
Recent Examples on the Web Emily Bingham’s new book is a work toward truth and reconciliation. Washington Post, 3 May 2022 Wazhma Frogh is a member of the Afghan Women's Network and leads the Women and Peace Studies Organization in Kabul, which put together a 2015 peace and reconciliation proposal based on the work of over 200 women peace builders. Wazhma Frogh, CNN, 22 Apr. 2022 Removing the name of a man who tried to exterminate the Lakota and replacing it with the name of Black Elk on the Lakota’s sacred mountain is a step toward reconciliation and restorative justice. Bonnie Mcgill, Scientific American, 22 Apr. 2022 The death and resurrection of Jesus is the source of forgiveness and reconciliation. al, 17 Apr. 2022 Pope Francis also promised to visit Canada as part of a process of healing and reconciliation over the church’s involvement in an abusive system of residential schools. New York Times, 1 Apr. 2022 The Destiny’s Child singer guest-hosted the show with Hoda Kotb and brought her father on to discuss their past hurts, reconciliation, and budding relationship. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 16 Mar. 2022 Now a group of Clevelanders is hoping to shine some light on Jordon’s story, part of an ongoing conversation about race, justice and reconciliation. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 14 Feb. 2022 Some in Maryland are also attempting to take the process of truth and reconciliation a step further, by interviewing not only the descendants of the lynching victims, but also the descendants of those in the lynch mobs. Clint Smith, The Atlantic, 2 Feb. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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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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