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
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.
Lowry didn’t shy away from people who showed up at some of those meetings peeved at his some of his stances, such as his early support for reparations for Japanese Americans who had been interned during World War II.
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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 century
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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