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 According to excerpts released late Monday, the queen will reflect in her Christmas message on the need for reconciliation and bridging division. Rachel Elbaum, NBC News, "Christmas winds up a 'bumpy' year for the British royal family," 24 Dec. 2019 However, there is concern that North Korea has been able to drive a wedge between Moon and Trump's administration, with Seoul more focused on reconciliation and Washington on nuclear negotiations. Paula Hancocks, CNN, "Why North Korea wants nothing to do with South Korea," 19 Dec. 2019 Where the Tibet model fails is in offering a future of reconciliation and harmony. The Economist, "School’s out In Xinjiang, China applies repressive lessons learned in Tibet," 12 Dec. 2019 The work of reconciliation and joint efforts to combat anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred and discrimination remain essential. Sergio Carmona,, "Program marks 25th anniversary of Vatican’s recognition of Israel," 6 Dec. 2019 New Zealand’s Race Relations Commissioner and former Gisborne Mayor Meng Foon said Clarke’s words were another part of the reconciliation and relationship-building process. Nick Perry, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Britain expresses ‘regret’ for killing Maori 250 years ago," 2 Oct. 2019 In the present day, Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and wife Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) also opened a door, this one to reconciliation and a new beginning: a move to Philadelphia. Dan Snierson,, "This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown teases 'subversive' season 4 premiere," 28 Aug. 2019 These include the need for national reconciliation and where domestic administrative borders should be drawn. Yohannes Gedamu, Quartz Africa, "The underlying tension behind Ethiopia’s flawed federal system and its risks," 26 June 2019 Judging by the content of her Patreon, a fuller reconciliation is not likely any time soon. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "Christina Oxenberg Is Related to Royalty and Hollywood Stars—And She Is Ready to Tell All Her Stories," 19 Dec. 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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12 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Reconciliation.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 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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