reparation

noun

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

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 None of the bills address direct payments as a form of reparations. Darrell Smith, Sacramento Bee, 5 Feb. 2024 All told, the number of reparations bills could eventually number in the 30s, and presumably run the gamut on priorities. Erika D. Smith, Los Angeles Times, 2 Feb. 2024 Lawmakers in California have revealed a sweeping set of legislative proposals aimed at providing reparations for state residents who are descendants of enslaved Africans. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 2 Feb. 2024 The 16-judge panel ordered Russia to investigate any plausible allegations of terrorism financing but turned down a request by Kyiv for reparations. Reuters, CNN, 31 Jan. 2024 California’s reparations task force has recommended billions of dollars for the state’s Black residents. Andrew Jeong, Washington Post, 20 Dec. 2023 Since Trevelyan has advocated for reparations in the Caribbean, Lewis — a Member of Parliament for the opposition Labour Party — has also raised the issue of official reparations. Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 15 Nov. 2023 The plan calls for a full Russian withdrawal from all Ukrainian territory, including Crimea; payment of reparations; and prosecution of war crimes. Jim Tankersley, New York Times, 16 Jan. 2024 Devers is currently part of a group of residents whose homes were taken and whose descendants are now fighting for reparations. Tien Bischoff, ABC News, 10 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of reparation was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Reparation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reparation. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

reparation

noun
rep·​a·​ra·​tion ˌrep-ə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce reparation (audio)
1
: a repairing or keeping in repair
a building in need of constant reparation
2
: the act of making up for a wrong
3
: money or materials paid or to be paid by a country losing a war to the winner to make up for damages done in the war
usually used in plural

Legal Definition

reparation

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