- to bring (uncultivated areas or wasteland) into a condition for cultivation or other use.
- to recover (substances) in a pure or usable form from refuse, discarded articles, etc.
- to bring back to a preferable manner of living, sound principles, ideas, etc.
- to tame.
- to protest; object.
- reclamation: beyond reclaim.
Origin of reclaim
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Examples from the Web for reclaimable
Many portions of the present deserts seem to be reclaimable.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
Grandet, as long as his wife lives is reclaimable—just reclaimable.Balzac
Some fence; some buildings; both in a sad state but reclaimable by a handy man.Winner Take All
The reclaimable area of these swamp lands is estimated at not less than 750,000 acres.The History of Cuba, vol. 5
Willis Fletcher Johnson
I had a piece of reclaimable ground on my own hands which I let for eight shillings an acre.The Reminiscences of an Irish Land Agent
- to claim backto reclaim baggage
- to convert (desert, marsh, waste ground, etc) into land suitable for growing crops
- to recover (useful substances) from waste products
- to convert (someone) from sin, folly, vice, etc
- falconry to render (a hawk or falcon) tame
- the act of reclaiming or state of being reclaimed
Word Origin and History for reclaimable
early 14c., "call back a hawk to the glove," from Old French reclamer "to call upon, invoke; claim; seduce; to call back a hawk" (12c.) and directly from Latin reclamare "cry out against, contradict, protest, appeal," from re- "opposite, against" (see re-) + clamare "cry out" (see claim (v.)).
"Call back a hawk," hence "to make tame" (mid-15c.), "subdue, reduce to obedience, make amenable to control" (late 14c.). In many Middle English uses with no sense of return or reciprocation. Meaning "revoke" (a grant, gift, etc.) is from late 15c. That of "recall (someone) from an erring course to a proper state" is mid-15c. Sense of "get back by effort" might reflect influence of claim. Meaning "bring waste land into useful condition fit for cultivation" first attested 1764, probably on notion of "reduce to obedience." Related: Reclaimed; reclaiming.