verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- recklinghausen's tumor,
- reckon with,
Origin of reclaim
Examples from the Web for reclaimable
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|S.M. Hussey
Some fence; some buildings; both in a sad state but reclaimable by a handy man.Winner Take All|Larry Evans
Grandet, as long as his wife lives is reclaimable—just reclaimable.Balzac|Frederick Lawton
Many portions of the present deserts seem to be reclaimable.The Sailor's Word-Book|William Henry Smyth
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
Word Origin for reclaim
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.