[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. reconcentration,
  2. reconceptualize,
  3. reconcilable,
  4. reconcile,
  5. reconciliate,
  6. reconciliatory,
  7. recondite,
  8. recondition,
  9. reconfigure,
  10. reconfirm

Origin of reconciliation

1300–50; Middle English reconsiliacion < Latin reconciliātiōn- (stem of reconciliātiō), equivalent to reconciliāt(us) (see reconcile, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion

Related formsnon·rec·on·cil·i·a·tion, nounpre·rec·on·cil·i·a·tion, nounpro·rec·on·cil·i·a·tion, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for non-reconciliation


/ (ˌrɛkənˌsɪlɪˈeɪʃən) /


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 non-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