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[rek-uh n-sil-ee-ey-shuh n] /ˌrɛk ənˌsɪl iˈeɪ ʃən/
an act of reconciling or the state of being reconciled.
the process of making consistent or compatible.
1300-50; Middle English reconsiliacion < Latin reconciliātiōn- (stem of reconciliātiō), equivalent to reconciliāt(us) (see reconcile, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonreconciliation, noun
prereconciliation, noun
proreconciliation, adjective Unabridged
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  • We need to change methods fast not talk about reconciliation with the evils of factory farming and big agriculture.
  • Unlike other macaques, their conflicts are followed by acts of reconciliation.
  • He gathered diets and councils in futile attempts at reconciliation.
  • reconciliation somehow served to justify the breach.
  • Respect and reconciliation are not the words they conjure.
  • Still, there are answers to this problem: reconciliation offers could bring some fighters home peacefully, for example.
  • In any case his senility ended forever any chance of our reconciliation.
  • Taken all in all, then, this letter clearly symbolizes the beginning of an internal reconciliation with his colleagues.
  • The contradictions are themselves the form that a reconciliation with reality takes.
  • And they are also the ones doing damage to any reconciliation with religious moderates.
British Dictionary definitions for reconciliation


(RC Church) a sacrament in which repentant sinners are absolved and gain reconciliation with God and the Church, on condition of confession of their sins to a priest and of performing a penance
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Word Origin and History for reconciliation

mid-14c., from Old French reconciliacion (14c.) and directly from Latin reconciliationem (nominative reconciliatio) "a re-establishing, a reconciling," noun of action from past participle stem of reconciliare (see reconcile).

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