the making of amends for wrong or injury done: reparation for an injustice.
Usually, reparations. compensation in money, material, labor, etc., payable by a defeated country to another country or to an individual for loss suffered during or as a result of war.
restoration to good condition.
repair1 ( def 7 ).

1350–1400; Middle English reparacion < Middle French < Late Latin reparātiōn- (stem of reparātiō), equivalent to Latin reparāt(us) (past participle of reparāre to repair1; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion

nonreparation, noun

1. indemnification, atonement, satisfaction, compensation. See redress. 3. renewal, renovation; repair.

3. destruction. Unabridged
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reparation (ˌrɛpəˈreɪʃən)
1.  the act or process of making amends: an injury admitting of no reparation
2.  (usually plural) compensation exacted as an indemnity from a defeated nation by the victors: esp the compensation demanded of Germany by the Treaty of Versailles after World War I
3.  the act or process of repairing or state of having been repaired
[C14 reparacioun, ultimately from Latin reparāre to repair1]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "reconciliation," from L.L. reparationem (nom. reparatio) "act of repairing, restoration," from L. reparatus, pp. of reparare "restore" (see repair (1)). Meaning "act of repairing or mending" is attested from c.1400. Reparations "compensation for war damaged owed
by the aggressor" is attested from 1921, from Fr. réparations (1919).
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reparation definition

Compensation demanded by a victorious nation from a defeated nation. Reparations can be in the form of goods or money.

Note: After World War I, heavy reparation debts were imposed on Germany by Britain, France, and the other victorious nations. Resentment over these reparations aided the rise of Adolf Hitler.
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Example sentences
It can be used quite early because of its concept of reparation.
Duty of reparation a duty to recompense someone if you have acted wrongly towards them.
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