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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Conway — who as deacon is called to direct the church’s work in the wider community — has shared her feelings of loss and her hopes for reconciliation at multiple parish events over the past several months. Jonathan Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "In slavery, her family was owned by his. Now they attend a Baltimore church seeking to atone for its past.," 12 Sep. 2019 Additionally, Congress does not plan to enact a budget resolution this year, the condition precedent for crafting a budget reconciliation bill that can pass the Senate with a mere majority. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Conservatives Plan to Take One Last Shot at Obamacare Repeal Before Midterms," 30 Apr. 2018 However, while some make bad decisions in seasons in their lives, there are opportunities for reconciliation. al, "Mobile jail GED program provides inmates chance to improve circumstances after release," 25 July 2019 The film deals with Stevenson’s career as a death row lawyer and advocate for racial reconciliation through a better understanding of the past. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al.com, "New HBO documentary looks at Bryan Stevenson’s career," 23 June 2019 Of course, most fans were already aware of the reconciliation. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Taylor Swift Just Revealed What Ended Her and Katy Perry's Feud," 18 June 2019 What happens next will be a litmus test for Canada’s process of national reconciliation. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "Canada begins reconciliation process after inquiry into missing or murdered indigenous women ends," 7 June 2019 This appointment undermines Sri Lanka’s international reputation and its commitments to promote justice and accountability, especially at a time when the need for reconciliation and social unity is paramount. Washington Post, "General accused of war abuses named Sri Lanka’s army chief," 19 Aug. 2019 In Australia there has been a lot done recently regarding reconciliation and attempting to acknowledge native people and what colonialism did to them and their culture. Los Angeles Times, "‘The Babadook’ director Jennifer Kent tackles violence, misogyny and racism in ‘The Nightingale’," 12 Aug. 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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