reconciliation

noun
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 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
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Recent Examples on the Web Will Schwarz, who is president of the memorial project, described the posthumous pardons as a powerful moment in acknowledging the truth - a critical step toward reconciliation. CBS News, "Maryland governor posthumously pardons 15-year-old boy, 33 other racial lynching victims," 10 May 2021 Will Schwarz, who is president of the memorial project, described the posthumous pardons as a powerful moment in acknowledging the truth — a critical step toward reconciliation. Fox News, "Maryland governor pardons 34 victims of racial lynching," 9 May 2021 Will Schwarz, who is president of the memorial project, described the posthumous pardons as a powerful moment in acknowledging the truth — a critical step toward reconciliation. NBC News, "Maryland governor pardons 34 victims of racial lynching," 9 May 2021 Will Schwarz, who is president of the memorial project, described the posthumous pardons as a powerful moment in acknowledging the truth — a critical step toward reconciliation. Brian Witte, Star Tribune, "Maryland governor pardoning 34 victims of racial lynching," 8 May 2021 His eventual reconciliation with his ailing father, meanwhile, delivers bittersweet catharsis. Washington Post, "In ‘Brat,’ Andrew McCarthy looks back at his younger self — a sheepish outsider, torn between ambition and art," 8 May 2021 From Indigenous reconciliation, people of colour, gender equality and all forms of diversity, the AOC is rightly proud of its record ... George Ramsay, CNN, "Basketball star Liz Cambage criticizes lack of diversity in Australian Olympic team's promotional photos," 7 May 2021 Then the Senate invoked the budget reconciliation act to avoid a Republican filibuster, which requires 60 votes to overcome. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Immigration overhaul comes to the fore (again), but compromise still hard to find," 7 May 2021 Budget reconciliation is an optional procedure established in the Congressional Budget Act of 1974. Marie Sapirie, Forbes, "How The Senate’s Rules And Precedents Shape The Tax Law," 6 May 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reconciliation. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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reconciliation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of reconciliation

formal
: 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

noun
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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