rec·​on·​cil·​i·​a·​tion ˌre-kən-ˌsi-lē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce reconciliation (audio)
: the action of reconciling : the state of being reconciled
: the Roman Catholic sacrament of penance
US government : a legislative process that enables expedited passage of a bill relating to certain matters in the federal budget by a simple majority of votes
used reconciliation to repeal the bill passed during the prior session of Congress
Aides to senior House Republicans said Thursday that committee chairmen were meeting now to decide whether a budget plan … will include parliamentary language, known as reconciliation instructions, that would allow much of a Republican health care plan to pass the filibuster-prone Senate with a simple majority. Jonathan Weisman
reconciliatory adjective

Example Sentences

Signing the trade agreement was praised as an act of reconciliation between the two countries. He contacted us in hopes of a reconciliation. a reconciliation of opposing views
Recent Examples on the Web But Percy’s mistake from years ago threatens to thwart their reconciliation. Allison Cho, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2022 There was no daily reconciliation of positions on the blockchain. Eric Wallerstein, WSJ, 17 Nov. 2022 In that sense, the Resources Center is also — especially — a forum for cultural understanding and reconciliation. Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2022 But the calendar is running out on 2022 and reconciliation eats up valuable time, which is why Democrats prefer to deal with the debt limit with GOP agreement. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 15 Nov. 2022 The spouses attended the opening night of Mike Birbiglia's The Old Man & the Pool on Broadway Sunday, eight months after announcing their reconciliation. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 14 Nov. 2022 Within days of the conclusion of the party congress, Xi sent a personal message of reconciliation to an annual dinner held by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, a nonprofit group headquartered in New York. Ben Gittleson, ABC News, 13 Nov. 2022 Us Weekly reported that the couple's reconciliation came courtesy of Martin's ex, Paltrow. ELLE, 12 Nov. 2022 Last month, officials from Hamas and Fatah held a new round of reconciliation talks in Algeria and signed an outline for an agreement that would pave the way for elections. Arkansas Online, 11 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


Middle English reconsiliacioun, from Anglo-French, from Latin reconciliation-, reconciliatio, from reconciliare

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Reconciliation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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