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 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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There’s the process of forgiveness or reconciliation between the victim and the accuser. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "A scholar of forgiveness explains what makes a good public apology for sexual misconduct," 24 Sep. 2018 During one of the reconciliations between the two women, Cindy presented the necklace to her daughter as a gift. Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, "Casey Anthony No Longer Wears Her Daughter's Ashes Around Her Neck — But Her Mom Still Does," 4 July 2018 There are small signs of reconciliation between individual Shiite and Sunni families, against the backdrop of the sectarian and social cleavages that still define Iraq and its politics overall. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Baghdad, a sense of home resurfaces a decade after ethnic cleansing," 2 May 2018 Needle, fans know, is the name of her sister Arya's sword; having that image close to her heart symbolizes Sansa's newfound understanding of and reconciliation with her sister. Glamour, "The Meaning Behind Sansa Stark's Necklace on Game of Thrones," 23 Apr. 2019 The dismantling of dozens of loudspeakers was in line with an agreement on reconciliation by the leaders of the Koreas at their historic summit last Friday. Bloomberg.com, "North and South Korea Dismantle Propaganda Loudspeakers at Border," 1 May 2018 Designed in two halves, which must be crossed to reach the bell in the center, the maze commemorates peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland. Brynn Mannino, Woman's Day, "9 Magnificent Manmade Mazes," 30 Sep. 2010 Michelle and Jacques had a violent argument about something, and an equally passionate reconciliation. Jay Mcinerney, Vogue, "Why, Oh Why Do I Love Paris? Jay McInerney Counted the Ways in a 1986 Story for Vogue, Republished Here in Solidarity With the French Capital, Where Notre-Dame Burned," 16 Apr. 2019 The Georgetown University Student Association Elections Commission reported that 2,541 students voted for the reconciliation contribution fee, and 1,304 voted against it. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "Georgetown Students Vote to Pay Reparations to Aid Descendants of Enslaved People Sold by the University," 12 Apr. 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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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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