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reconciliation

[rek-uh n-sil-ee-ey-shuh n] /ˌrɛk ənˌsɪl iˈeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
an act of reconciling, as when former enemies agree to an amicable truce.
2.
the state of being reconciled, as when someone becomes resigned to something not desired.
3.
the process of making consistent or compatible.
Origin of reconciliation
1300-1350
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
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  • Mr Elliot's having any views on me will not in the least account for the efforts he made towards a reconciliation with my father.

    Persuasion Jane Austen
  • Congress took up fresh plans for reconciliation and reunion.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • During that time I have many times asked her to join me here, sought a reconciliation always to be refused.

    Six Women Victoria Cross
  • This resolution, once passed, will cut off all hope of reconciliation.

    America First Various
  • It will no doubt render the reconciliation more agreeable to him.

    The Greville Memoirs (Third Part) Volume I (of II) Charles Cavendish Fulke Greville
British Dictionary definitions for reconciliation

Reconciliation

/ˌrɛkənˌsɪlɪˈeɪʃən/
noun
1.
(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
n.

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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