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 reconciliation (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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Recent Examples on the Web And as was the case a century and a half ago, the current bid for reconciliation reflects a frightening failure to confront exactly what the thirst is that Trumpism whets—or whose blood has to be sacrificed to satisfy it. Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, The New Republic, "The Unacceptable Costs of Appeasing MAGA Nation," 21 Dec. 2020 Lily is in a taxi to JFK when when her older brother Langston (Troy Iwata) sends her a letter from Dash, which serves as his last plea for romantic reconciliation. Ariana Romero,, "The Dash & Lily Ending Is Supposed To Make You Feel Like The Sparkle Heart Emoji," 11 Nov. 2020 Winter served in the 1990s as co-chairman of a national commission on racial reconciliation created by President Bill Clinton, whose time as governor of Arkansas overlapped with Winter's time as governor of Mississippi. NBC News, "Former Mississippi Gov. William Winter dies at 97," 19 Dec. 2020 It’s the power of family, true love, the meaning of home or the reconciliation of relationships. S. Brent Rodriguez-plate, The Conversation, "Here’s why Christmas movies are so appealing this holiday season," 18 Dec. 2020 Instead, this is a story about trauma and healing, recovery and accountability, reconciliation and hope, even in the face of disaster. Rosie Knight,, "The Wilds Puts Clever Twists On Pop Culture’s Most Classic Survival Stories," 14 Dec. 2020 This time, though, a reconciliation would have to include room for Ms. Adams’s daughter, Darielle Williams, now 8. New York Times, "The Third Proposal Stuck," 11 Dec. 2020 The world is unquestionably safer with fewer nuclear terrorists and more reconciliation between old foes. Seth Mandel, Washington Examiner, "Overcoming history," 10 Dec. 2020 Obama's 2010 Affordable Care Act and Trump's 2017 tax bill, for example — by taking advantage of the fact that reconciliation enables the Senate to substitute a simple majority for the 60-vote requirement that blocks much legislation. Carl P. Leubsdorf Dallas Morning News (tns), Star Tribune, "What's at stake in Georgia Senate races, and what isn't," 6 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of reconciliation was in the 14th century

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12 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Reconciliation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce reconciliation (audio) \

Kids Definition of reconciliation

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

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