[rek-luh-mey-shuh n]


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

Related Words for reclamation

repossession, improvement, recovery, redemption, recycling

Examples from the Web for reclamation

Contemporary Examples of reclamation

Historical Examples of reclamation

  • Then it was that the reclamation of Joe Hollends was determined on.

  • She had her plan for Roger's reclamation, and was already in love with it.

    Marriage la mode

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • The Reclamation Service is an experiment, a magnificent one.

    Still Jim

    Honor Willsie Morrow

  • What was it, say the year before the Reclamation Service went in there?

    Still Jim

    Honor Willsie Morrow

  • Where the means for reclamation fail then separation from society is advocated.

    A Plea for the Criminal

    James Leslie Allan Kayll

British Dictionary definitions for reclamation



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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Word Origin and History for reclamation

late 15c., "a revoking" (of a grant, etc.), from Old French réclamacion and directly from Latin reclamationem (nominative reclamatio) "a cry of 'no,' a shout of disapproval," noun of action from past participle stem of reclamare "cry out against, protest" (see reclaim). From 1630s as "action of calling (someone) back" (from iniquity, etc.); meaning "action of claiming something taken awat" is from 1787. Of land from 1848.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper