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 Lawmakers will haggle over how to translate it into a legislative package; the most likely result will be one giant bill to be passed through reconciliation sometime in late summer or early fall. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Biden Is Too Worried About the Deficit, Not Worried Enough About Climate Change," 31 Mar. 2021 Top Schumer aides have asked the parliamentarian about using Section 304 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 to allow for a second reconciliation process this fiscal year. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Schumer mulls obscure procedural maneuver to pass Biden's infrastructure bill," 30 Mar. 2021 Molly Reynolds, a senior fellow in the governance studies program at the Brookings Institution, noted that Congress has a long history of enacting social policy via the tax code and the reconciliation process. Washington Post, "How to raise the minimum wage with only 51 Senate votes," 23 Mar. 2021 Even if every Democrat were to support more direct payments, the budget reconciliation process (which allows major bills to pass with a simple majority) can only be used once per fiscal year. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "Is another check coming after your $1,400 stimulus check? Here’s what you need to know," 18 Mar. 2021 The infrastructure bill, still being crafted, could be done through reconciliation. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "Bernie Sanders Targets CEO Pay in Effort to Keep Spotlight on Workers," 17 Mar. 2021 The American Rescue Plan passed through reconciliation, a Senate procedural budget tool that allows some legislation to forgo the usual 60-vote threshold. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "'Land mines' in Democrats' HR 1 could stymie its progress in the Senate," 11 Mar. 2021 Again, strictly speaking, a change to the OASDI provisions of the Social Security Act can’t be done through reconciliation. Elizabeth Bauer, Forbes, "The ‘Covid Relief’ Multiemployer Pension Bailout Is Complete - Now What?," 10 Mar. 2021 On Thursday the Senate parliamentarian ruled that including the minimum wage hike in a bill passed through reconciliation wouldn’t be allowed, as many on the Hill had worried for some weeks. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "$1,400 stimulus checks move one step closer as the House passes $1.9 trillion aid package," 27 Feb. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 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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