rec·​on·​cil·​i·​a·​tion | \ˌre-kən-ˌsi-lē-ˈā-shən \

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, -​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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Assassination Nation leaves room for reconciliation and redemption, but only for a select few. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Assassination Nation is a vicious, cathartic horror film about misogyny," 21 Sep. 2018 That could pave the way for reconciliation and, perhaps, give Ethiopia renewed access to Eritrea’s ports. The Economist, "Ethiopia’s new prime minister wants peace and privatisation," 7 June 2018 As far as Syria is concerned, the task of establishing peace and reconciliation in this country could be the first showcase example of the successful joint work. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Read the full transcript of the Helsinki press conference," 16 July 2018 Following Bieber's reconciliation with Selena Gomez and their break up earlier this year, Bieber and Baldwin started to be seen together more frequently in their common hangout spot, New York City. Connor Whittum, Billboard, "5 Things to Know About Hailey Baldwin," 9 July 2018 The Importance of Blood, written by James Breen, portrays a mysterious young woman named Rose who returns to her hometown years after disappearing to seek reconciliation with her estranged family. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jamie M. Dagg to Direct Thriller 'The Importance of Blood'," 17 Apr. 2018 Kim first plans to hold a rare summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who has pursued reconciliation with North Korea to avert war over the regime’s nuclear weapons program., "Kim Jong Un Mingles With K-Pop Stars at Pyongyang Pop Concert," 2 Apr. 2018 The Canadian government's reconciliation with the Tsilhqot'in Nation came in the years after the nation won a historic, decades-long legal saga over rights to its land, still in British Columbia. Author: Meagan Flynn, Anchorage Daily News, "Canada apologizes for brutal hanging of B.C. tribal chiefs 150 years ago," 27 Mar. 2018 The 1998 reburial of the Romanovs was a solemn state event meant to showcase the Russian nation's reconciliation with its past. Simon Sebag Montefiore, Town & Country, "The Devastating True Story of the Romanov Family's Execution," 5 Oct. 2016

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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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English Language Learners Definition of reconciliation

: 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


rec·​on·​cil·​i·​a·​tion | \ˌre-kən-ˌsi-lē-ˈā-shən \

Kids Definition of reconciliation

: the act of becoming friendly again (as after a disagreement)

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