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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Confession, also known as penance or reconciliation, is most closely associated with the church of Rome, yet Episcopalians, Lutherans, Mormons and adherents of other faiths have similar rites. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘I confess': should the ‘seal of the confessional’ protect pedophiles?," 4 Aug. 2019 But doing something along these lines is relatively straightforward and, critically, would qualify for budget reconciliation treatment — meaning that even a narrow Democratic congressional majority can pass legislation along these lines. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "America’s dual housing crisis and what Democrats plan to do about it, explained," 30 July 2019 Already, the video is being framed as a kind of light-hearted reconciliation gesture between the two men, who both dated the Bajan singer and reportedly fought one another in 2012. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Drake’s Troubling Reunion With Chris Brown," 30 July 2019 And people are going to breathe a sigh of relief [about the reconciliation of] Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Beth. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "This Is Us star Mandy Moore on Future Rebecca and how season 4 will ‘play with time’," 12 July 2019 There has still been no truth and reconciliation process over the mass killings of 1965, nor any accountability for the security forces’ shooting thousands in 1998 during protests that led to the departure of the dictator Suharto. The New York Review of Books, "Krithika Varagur," 24 Apr. 2019 In these corrosive times, reconciliation through the arts was a heartening message, one that Jackman conveyed not through political grandstanding but simple, decent humanity. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Hugh Jackman sings, dances and charms, delivering a grand time at the Hollywood Bowl," 21 July 2019 Predictably, Armbruster's picaresque plot eventually finds a way of thawing the frosty impasse between the two men, but the road to reconciliation is pleasingly bumpy and steep. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'End of Sentence': Film Review | Edinburgh 2019," 30 June 2019 While Moon says inter-Korean reconciliation is crucial for achieving progress in nuclear negotiations, the breakdown of the Trump-Kim summit has created a difficult environment to push engagement with the North. Kim Tong-hyung, The Seattle Times, "Seoul says some N. Korean officials back at liaison office," 25 Mar. 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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