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reclamation

[rek-luh-mey-shuh n] /ˌrɛk ləˈmeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the reclaiming of desert, marshy, or submerged areas or other wasteland for cultivation or other use.
2.
the act or process of reclaiming.
3.
the state of being reclaimed.
4.
the process or industry of deriving usable materials from waste, by-products, etc.
Origin
1525-1535
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
Related forms
nonreclamation, noun
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  • Most involved the conservation and reclamation of materials for communications equipment.
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  • Once this is accomplished, reclamation will be all but impossible.
  • The services are primarily the reclamation of the things and the government collection, for fuel, of corpses and feces.
British Dictionary definitions for reclamation

reclamation

/ˌrɛkləˈmeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the conversion of desert, marsh, or other waste land into land suitable for cultivation
2.
the recovery of useful substances from waste products
3.
the act of reclaiming or state of being reclaimed
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Word Origin and History for reclamation
n.

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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