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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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 Or fifteen-year-old Devonte Hart, who became the literal face of post-Ferguson racial reconciliation, only to have his pleas to be rescued from abusive adoptive parents ignored. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "How To Be a Conscious Capitalist, According to Deval Patrick," 1 May 2018 There was a process of both confession and acknowledgment of responsibility and a genuine desire for reconciliation with victims. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "A scholar of forgiveness explains what makes a good public apology for sexual misconduct," 24 Sep. 2018 On the contrary, growing disillusionment has led to despair and a hardening of attitudes among people who had sought reconciliation with Israel for 25 years. NBC News, "Amid Trump's Mideast push, an abandoned building reminds Palestinians of past failures," 16 June 2018 The test, and others after, promised to halt the progressive Moon's goal of reconciliation with the North, which has remained separated under an uneasy cease-fire agreement after the Korean War. Matt Stiles, latimes.com, "South Korea's President Moon heads for Washington to help keep Kim and Trump summit alive," 21 May 2018 The 108-minute speech touched on a range of issues that also included praising the accomplishments of the Palestinian Authority, reconciliation with Hamas, the peace processes and the Trump Administration. Ian Lee, CNN, "Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas accused of anti-Semitic speech," 2 May 2018 Two other blockade-busting strategies — war with Israel and reconciliation with Abbas — have failed. chicagotribune.com, "Israel defense minister vows tough response to Gaza protests," 3 Apr. 2018

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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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