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[rek-luh-mey-shuh n] /ˌrɛk ləˈmeɪ ʃən/
the reclaiming of desert, marshy, or submerged areas or other wasteland for cultivation or other use.
the act or process of reclaiming.
the state of being reclaimed.
the process or industry of deriving usable materials from waste, by-products, etc.
Origin of reclamation
1525-35, in sense “a protest”; < Middle French < Latin reclāmātiōn- (stem of reclāmātiō) crying out against, equivalent to reclāmāt(us) (past participle of reclāmāre; see reclaim) + -iōn- -ion
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nonreclamation, noun Unabridged
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  • The Federal reclamation system is more certain and effective than reclamation by individuals in isolated cases.

  • She had her plan for Roger's reclamation, and was already in love with it.

    Marriage la mode Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • The scientific reforestation of timber lands and the reclamation of swamp lands.

  • The reclamation Service is an experiment, a magnificent one.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • You do know that as hard as I have worked for reclamation I have worked for regeneration!

    Under Handicap Jackson Gregory
  • Where the means for reclamation fail then separation from society is advocated.

    A Plea for the Criminal James Leslie Allan Kayll
  • Cuthbert resolved not to delay longer the reclamation of his own property.

    The Lost Treasure of Trevlyn Evelyn Everett-Green
British Dictionary definitions for reclamation


the conversion of desert, marsh, or other waste land into land suitable for cultivation
the recovery of useful substances from waste products
the act of reclaiming or state of being reclaimed
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Word Origin and History for reclamation

late 15c., "a revoking" (of a grant, etc.), from Old French réclamacion and directly from Latin reclamationem (nominative reclamatio) "a cry of 'no,' a shout of disapproval," noun of action from past participle stem of reclamare "cry out against, protest" (see reclaim). From 1630s as "action of calling (someone) back" (from iniquity, etc.); meaning "action of claiming something taken awat" is from 1787. Of land from 1848.

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