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

reconciliatory

play \-ˈsil-yə-ˌtȯr-ē, -ˈsi-lē-ə-\ adjective

Examples of reconciliation in a Sentence

  1. Signing the trade agreement was praised as an act of reconciliation between the two countries.

  2. He contacted us in hopes of a reconciliation.

  3. a reconciliation of opposing views

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Origin and Etymology of reconciliation

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


RECONCILIATION Defined for English Language Learners

reconciliation

noun

Definition of reconciliation for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

reconciliation

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

Definition of reconciliation for Students

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


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