rec·​on·​cil·​i·​a·​tion ˌre-kən-ˌsi-lē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce reconciliation (audio)
: the action of reconciling : the state of being reconciled
: the Roman Catholic sacrament of penance
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
reconciliatory 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 But for many descendants in Namibia, the process of negotiation between the governments of Germany and Namibia failed at reconciliation because it was signed without the approval of members of the Herero and Nama peoples, in some ways doing more harm in reinforcing their powerlessness. Melanie Stetson Freeman, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Sep. 2023 That growth will require significant investment, some of which has been recently affirmed by the federal government and linked to Canada’s ongoing process of reconciliation with Indigenous people. Karen Gardiner, Condé Nast Traveler, 13 Sep. 2023 Amid all the missing parents and grieving parents and emotionally unavailable parents in DiCamillo’s fiction are glimpses of reconciliation and partial reunions and attempts at wholeness in spite of great losses. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, 11 Sep. 2023 There should have been some sort of reconciliation. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 1 Sep. 2023 The reconciliation between national team coach Gregg Berhalter and star playmaker Gio Reyna will have to wait. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 31 Aug. 2023 Phantom ships searching for a deeper truth, the reconciliation of contradictions, the admittance of human flaw. Jeff Weiss, Spin, 21 Aug. 2023 Brady’s father, Tom Brady Sr., told the Globe recently that there was no need for any reconciliation between the Patriots and Brady after Brady’s sticky departure in 2020. Katie McInerney,, 8 Sep. 2023 The moon's harmonious connection to love planet Venus is ideal for compromise and reconciliation. USA TODAY, 2 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Reconciliation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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