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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The cogs of government have been whirring for the last year, trying to deliver some measure of reparation to the survivors and relatives of those killed, but there hasn't been much in the way of accountability. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, 24 June 2022 Had this been the first time the patient had missed an appointment, it could have been used as a moment of some reparation by not charging the patient. BostonGlobe.com, 20 May 2022 France’s role, Burkhard further acknowledged, was in part spurred by Aristide’s demand for debt reparation. Amy Wilentz, The New Republic, 25 May 2022 For the defendant, the process is extensive, Freeborn said, averaging roughly six months of rehabilitative and reparation-focused work in addition to the intake period. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 24 May 2022 This comes after a decadeslong push to establish a 13-person reparation commission in Congress. Bybeatrice Peterson, ABC News, 14 May 2022 The money is part of Evanston’s Local Reparations Restorative Housing Program, further marking the start of reparation allocations from the city. Alexandra Hulvalchick, Chicago Tribune, 3 May 2022 The Ukrainian government plans to rebuild the country through reparation payments and assets seized from Russia. Katya Soldak, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2022 One approach presented before the American Sociological Association earlier this year coins the term algorithmic reparation. Khari Johnson, Wired, 23 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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15 Jul 2022

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“Reparation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reparation. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for reparation

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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