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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Talking about life includes heart attacks, divorce, reconciliation, disappointment, but also joy. Beth Thames |,, "Ladies who lunch, and why men should too," 10 July 2019 Meaningful reconciliation, as a means of overcoming centuries of colonization, requires broad understanding and education. Lauren Eckert, National Geographic, "See Vancouver like a Nat Geo Explorer," 27 June 2019 Now, Spotify and its agent, the Harry fox Agency, have applied a retroactive reconciliation to its payments, by adapting the family formula discount, which counts a family as 1.5 subscribers and the student discounts as one-half a subscriber. Ed Christman, Billboard, "Spotify Says It 'Overpaid Most Publishers' Last Year, Taking CRB Discount for Family Plans," 21 June 2019 Leave No Trace—adapted by Granik and Anne Rossellini from a novel by Peter Rock—is a gorgeous story about adolescence, about basic human kindness, about separation and reconciliation, about the limits of what parents can teach their kids. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Review: Leave No Trace Is a Beautiful Movie About Living on the Fringes," 28 June 2018 Macedonian officials have taken to comparing their detente with Greece to the post-war Franco-German reconciliation, conducted through and for Europe. The Economist, "The obstacles on Macedonia’s road to the EU," 28 June 2018 To foster reconciliation, Nigerians engaged in efforts to break down tribalism. Shobana Shankar, Quartz Africa, "What the United States could learn from Nigeria about taking on anti-vaxxers," 7 June 2019 While some may want to open the door to reconciliation, others may want to maintain the distance or are just looking to survive the interaction. Ashley Edwards Walker, Good Housekeeping, "How to Navigate the Holidays When There’s an Estrangement in Your Family," 21 Dec. 2018 The resignation of former Mattress Firm Chairman and Chief Executive Steve Stagner, who was at the helm when the retailer and Tempur Sealy severed ties, also helped clear the path toward reconciliation, analysts said. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Mattress Firm makes up with Tempur Sealy, to carry Tempur-Pedic beds," 19 June 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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The first known use of reconciliation was in the 14th century

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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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