reparation

noun rep·a·ra·tion \ ˌre-pə-ˈrā-shən \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of reparation

1 a : a repairing or keeping in repair
b reparations plural : repairs
2 a : 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

  1. The country paid millions in reparations.

  2. They've offered no apologies and seem to have no thoughts of reparation.

  3. She says she's sorry and wants to make reparations.

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Origin and Etymology of reparation

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

REPARATION Defined for English Language Learners

reparation

noun

Definition of reparation for English Language Learners

  • reparations : money that a country or group that loses a war pays because of the damage, injury, deaths, etc., it has caused

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

reparation

noun rep·a·ra·tion \ ˌre-pə-ˈrā-shən \

Definition of reparation for Students

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

Law Dictionary

reparation

noun rep·a·ra·tion \ ˌre-pə-ˈrā-shən \

legal Definition of reparation

1 a : 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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