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[rek-uh n-sil-ee-ey-shuh n] /ˌrɛk ənˌsɪl iˈeɪ ʃən/
an act of reconciling, as when former enemies agree to an amicable truce.
the state of being reconciled, as when someone becomes resigned to something not desired.
the process of making consistent or compatible.
Origin of reconciliation
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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