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 Finally, as the most popular and least controversial form of gay reparation, an apology is unlikely to trigger a backlash from the traditional foes of the LGBTQ community. Omar G. Encarnación, Time, 26 June 2021 Amherst Town Manager Paul Bockelman said local approval of a fund means the town can now begin accepting contributions for reparation work and decide on a financial plan going forward. NBC News, 25 June 2021 There is a certain poetic justice in such a reparation. Arkansas Online, 24 June 2021 Plus, a few locales have moved beyond studies: Asheville and Evanston, Ill., have launched modest reparation programs in the last year. Joe Walsh, Forbes, 19 June 2021 While broaching the issue of reparation in her most explicit way yet, Ms. Bachelet suggested that monetary compensation alone is not enough and would be part of an array of measures to help rectify or make up for the injustices. Jamey Keaten, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 June 2021 None of this, however, should deter American gay activists from demanding some form of reparation. Omar G. Encarnación, Time, 26 June 2021 The report outlined five areas of reparation: Direct payments to survivors. Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al, 13 May 2021 In 1921, as a form of reparation, Congress adopted the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, creating a trust of 203,000 acres from among those taken. Rob Perez, ProPublica, 7 May 2021

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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 24 Jul. 2021.

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reparation

noun

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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