[ rek-luh-mey-shuh n ]
/ ˌrɛk ləˈmeɪ ʃən /


the reclaiming of desert, marshy, or submerged areas or other wasteland for cultivation or other use.
the act or process of reclaiming.
the state of being reclaimed.
the process or industry of deriving usable materials from waste, by-products, etc.

Origin of reclamation

1525–35, in sense “a protest”; < Middle French < Latin reclāmātiōn- (stem of reclāmātiō) crying out against, equivalent to reclāmāt(us) (past participle of reclāmāre; see reclaim) + -iōn- -ion

Related forms

non·rec·la·ma·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for reclamation


/ (ˌrɛkləˈmeɪʃən) /


the conversion of desert, marsh, or other waste land into land suitable for cultivation
the recovery of useful substances from waste products
the act of reclaiming or state of being reclaimed
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