reparation

noun
rep·​a·​ra·​tion | \ ˌre-pə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce reparation (audio) \

Definition of reparation

1a : a repairing or keeping in repair
b reparations plural : repairs
2a : the act of making amends, offering expiation, or giving satisfaction for a wrong or injury
b : something done or given as amends or satisfaction
3 : the payment of damages : indemnification specifically : compensation in money or materials payable by a defeated nation for damages to or expenditures sustained by another nation as a result of hostilities with the defeated nation usually used in plural

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Examples of reparation in a Sentence

The country paid millions in reparations. They've offered no apologies and seem to have no thoughts of reparation. She says she's sorry and wants to make reparations.
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Recent Examples on the Web Given the difficulties of untangling the modern-day inheritors of slave wealth, many reparation campaigners have turned their attention on the British government itself. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "George Floyd protests force Britain to reckon with its role in slavery, leading some companies to pay reparations," 18 June 2020 But among blacks, 55% support reparation, and for whites, the support drops to 16%. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Civil War II? No to reparations, Confederate statues show ‘Southern pride’," 15 June 2020 If passed by Congress and signed by President Trump, the legislation would establish a commission to study reparation possibilities, including an apology and compensation. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Biden conditions support of reparations on provisions for Native Americans," 11 June 2020 However, Castro had an impact on the race by helping frame debates around issues including police reforms, studying reparations for slavery, and immigration reform. Jeremy Wallace, ExpressNews.com, "Joe Biden taps Julián Castro for help on police reforms," 2 June 2020 Poll Says: Campaign Update Williamson, who announced her campaign a year ago, has been a proponent of reparations for African Americans for slavery. Emma Kinery, Bloomberg.com, "Marianne Williamson Drops Out of Democratic Presidential Contest," 5 May 2020 Before adjourning for December’s general election, MPs recommended that the EFL should pay reparations to Bury’s employees for allowing Mr Dale’s acquisition. The Economist, "Football marks the boundary between England’s winners and losers," 29 Feb. 2020 Former Vice President Joe Biden has come under fire for his earlier opposition to reparations. Morgan Marietta, The Conversation, "This year at the Supreme Court: Gay rights, gun rights and Native rights," 3 Oct. 2019 Is his opposition to reparations yet another reason to judge him a disappointment? Mike Burbach, Twin Cities, "George Will: Answer these, candidates," 28 July 2019

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First Known Use of reparation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for reparation

Middle English reparacion, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin reparation-, reparatio, from Latin reparare

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“Reparation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reparation. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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reparation

noun
How to pronounce reparation (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of reparation

: money that a country or group that loses a war pays because of the damage, injury, deaths, etc., it has caused
formal : something that is done or given as a way of correcting a mistake that you have made or a bad situation that you have caused

reparation

noun
rep·​a·​ra·​tion | \ ˌre-pə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce reparation (audio) \

Kids Definition of reparation

1 : the act of making up for a wrong
2 : something paid by a country losing a war to the winner to make up for damages done in the war

reparation

noun
rep·​a·​ra·​tion | \ ˌre-pə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce reparation (audio) \

Legal Definition of reparation

1a : the act of making amends, offering expiation, or giving satisfaction for a wrong or injury
b : something done or given as amends or satisfaction
2 : the payment of damages specifically : compensation in money or materials payable by a defeated nation for damages to or expenditures sustained by another nation as a result of hostilities with the defeated nation usually used in pl.

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