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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Read more about reparations, here on TIME.com Chinese immigrants refuse to register (1892) View of a Chinese immigrant community in California. Photograph circa 1900. Time Staff, Time, "15 Unsung Moments From American History That Historians Say You Should Know About," 28 June 2019 So far, around a dozen Democrats have endorsed some form of reparations, at least conceptually. Michael Tanner, National Review, "The Wrenching Reparations Question," 26 June 2019 McConnell's comments came in advance of a House hearing on the subject of reparations. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: The President Is Running for President, FYI," 23 June 2019 The House held a hearing Wednesday on slavery reparations, and a day earlier, white nationalists marched outside Trump's reelection rally. Author: Matt Viser, Sean Sullivan, Anchorage Daily News, "Biden faces backlash over comments about ‘civility’ of his past work with racist senators," 20 June 2019 And some race-focused policies, such as reparations, are widely unpopular among Americans. Kelebogile Zvobgo, The Conversation, "Maryland has created a truth commission on lynchings – can it deliver?," 14 June 2019 This support may be a response to findings that most African-Americans support policy for reparations, and Black voters are one of the most important demographics for the Democratic party. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "Georgetown Students Vote to Pay Reparations to Aid Descendants of Enslaved People Sold by the University," 12 Apr. 2019 Ta-Nehisi Coates made a splash on the Hill yesterday during a hearing about reparations. NBC News, "Democratic candidates find their outrage scale is different from Trump's," 20 June 2019 The debate over reparations for black Americans began not long after the end of the Civil War. Errin Haines Whack, Twin Cities, "‘Why not now?’ for slavery reparations, House panel is told," 19 June 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

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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