Definition of reparation
2a : the act of making amends, offering expiation, or giving satisfaction for a wrong or injuryb : 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 of reparation from the Web
Unsurprisingly, more has been spent by the school on legal fees than on reparations to the victims.
Black people have been shamed for financial poverty in a nation that is morally bankrupt; still, reparations for theft of our land, our labor and our lives is considered too much to ask for.
As reparation for relinquishing the Stow ’n Go second row in hybrid models (the battery pack takes up all of the underfloor seat storage space), Chrysler engineers added extra cushioning to the standard captain’s chairs.
But as yet, the crisis has not sparked a lasting conversation on the emergency manager law’s validity, much less Snyder’s responsibility or reparations for its effects.
In addition, Qatar must pay an unspecified sum in reparations.
Lehson is campaign chair of The Network (GMJF under age 45 division) and is active in the legal movement to secure reparations for Holocaust survivors.
After gushing to Mock or thanking Dyson for his work, visitors engaged in meaningful questions about allyship, reparations and other tough and touchy topics.
The peace accords of 1947 meant ceding about a 10th of its land to the east and paying onerous war reparations by delivering costly industrial goods to its neighbor in the east.
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Origin and Etymology of reparation
Middle English reparacion, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin reparation-, reparatio, from Latin reparare
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
REPARATION Defined for English Language Learners
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
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
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 plural
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