reparation

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

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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When Japan officially normalized relations with South Korea in 1965, Japan paid Seoul, as part of the deal, millions of dollars in aid and reparations (which stemmed from Japan's imperial history on the Korean Peninsula). NBC News, "Japanese citizens simply vanished. North Korea had abducted them. But why?," 11 June 2018 As a 10 term U.S. representative from the Silicon Valley, Mineta kept his ego in check while passing seminal legislation, notably a bill granting reparations to Japanese Americans like his family who were incarcerated during World War II. Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Norman Mineta speaks out at opening night film of S.F. Asian American CAAMFest," 11 May 2018 Its people were widely loathed and two of its conquering powers, the Soviet Union and France, were counting on reparations from their former Nazi enemy to help rebuild their own economies. Timothy Naftali, New York Times, "Why American Pragmatists Saved Postwar Europe," 13 Apr. 2018 This week, five such residents were selected by the jail to receive the furniture, created in a construction program that allows inmates to learn a trade while making reparations to the community. Kate Santich, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Inmates build, then donate furniture to formerly homeless residents in Orlando," 13 July 2018 Additionally, South Africa has made reparations to victims of apartheid crimes, and American universities like Georgetown have offered preferential admission to descendants of slaves. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "What if Napoleon Hadn’t Lost Europe and Other Questions of Alternate History," 14 June 2018 After the confession, Armstrong made financial reparations to the Times. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, "How the Oprah confession has weighed on Lance Armstrong," 16 Jan. 2018 Broadly framed, Green envisioned school desegregation as a reparative process—probably the closest thing to reparations that our court system has ever endorsed. Will Stancil, The Atlantic, "The Radical Supreme Court Decision That America Forgot," 29 May 2018 Employees protested and demanded reparations – many suffered injuries while working. Sophia Yan, The Christian Science Monitor, "US works to compensate exploited laborers in Saipan," 15 Mar. 2018

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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

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

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

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 \

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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