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[ rek-uhn-sil-ee-ey-shuhn ]


  1. the act of coming to an understanding and putting an end to hostility, as when former enemies agree to an amicable truce:

    Thirty years later, the rebel son is seeking reconciliation with his mother and sister.

    Reconciliation between the government and the Indigenous community will take more than pleasant words.

  2. the state of being resigned to something undesirable, or the process of achieving this state; acceptance:

    Telling them about her son as he was before the accident gave her a sense of peace and reconciliation with her loss.

  3. the act or process of making consistent or compatible:

    There is a tension between justice and mercy, and their reconciliation is not easy or obvious.

  4. the act or process of verifying one account or set of figures with another to ensure or test for accuracy:

    Reconciliation of the sum of money received and the number of tickets sold revealed a few reporting errors.

  5. U.S. Government. a Congressional procedure under which a simple majority of votes in the Senate is enough to pass legislation relating to the federal budget: used in order to avoid a potential filibuster.


/ ˌrɛkənˌsɪlɪˈeɪʃən /


  1. 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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Other Words From

  • non·rec·on·cil·i·a·tion noun
  • pre·rec·on·cil·i·a·tion noun
  • pro·rec·on·cil·i·a·tion adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of reconciliation1

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English reconsiliacion, from Latin reconciliātiōn-, stem of reconciliātiō “renewal, restoration,” from reconciliāt(us) “restored, reunited” (past participle of reconciliāre “to repair, restore, reunite”; reconcile ) + -iō -ion

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Example Sentences

Maybe the peace and reconciliation we have been seeking starts with this.

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When it came to repealing and replacing most of Obamacare — which Republicans used budget reconciliation to try and do with only 51 votes — it turned out that Republicans couldn’t even muster the votes in their own party to repeal the law.

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The budget reconciliation process was created in 1974 as a way to expedite the completion of appropriations bills.

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Worse, because the budget reconciliation process in not meant for normal legislating, only certain kinds of initiatives can fit within it, and even they end up battered and bruised.

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You could easily pass, say, a carbon tax through budget reconciliation.

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They called for peace, reconciliation, and the safe return of Father Gregorio.

In fact, these kinds of advances helped give religion another huge window of opportunity for racial reconciliation in the 1960s.

It was about the hope and longing for redemption and reconciliation that lies somewhere within each of us.

The hope is that ceasefires could build to political reconciliation.

“The confrontation should not be about revenge, but about reconciliation on both parts,” he stressed.

Neglecting minor discrepancies, one may safely accept Mr Bain's reconciliation of the various accounts.

He was determined not to go through even the form of an apology, but he was equally determined upon a reconciliation.

The Pope replied that reconciliation with the Church was an indispensable condition precedent.

Secondly, Randolph prayed for safe conducts for Bruce's envoys, presently to be sent to procure reconciliation with the Church.

Billy shook hands, and took a sip out of the case-bottle, by way of clenching the reconciliation.


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More About Reconciliation

What does reconciliation mean?

Reconciliation is the process of two people or groups in a conflict agreeing to make amends or come to a truce.

Reconciliation is also the name of a Catholic sacrament involving the confession of sin. Less commonly, reconciliation refers to when someone accepts an undesirable situation, or to the process of making things compatible.

Example: After years of conflict, the two parties have agreed to meet with the goal of reconciliation.

Where does reconciliation come from?

The first records of the word reconciliation come from the 1300s. It is the noun form of the verb reconcile, which comes from the Latin reconciliāre, meaning “to make good again” or “to repair.”

Reconciliation is meant to repair relationships that are broken. It can happen between two people, such as former friends who had a falling-out. Or it can happen between groups, such as warring factions in a country. Reconciliation is usually thought to create more than just a truce. When true reconciliation occurs, the two formerly hostile sides become respectful of each other—and, ideally, friends.

In the Roman Catholic Church, Reconciliation is the name of a sacrament in which people confess their sins—a process popularly known as confession. It is sometimes also called Penance.

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What are some other forms related to reconciliation?

  • reconcile (verb)
  • nonreconciliation (noun)
  • prereconcilition (noun)
  • proreconciliation (adjective)

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How is reconciliation used in real life?

Reconciliation is typically used in the context of two parties that have a serious, longstanding dispute, and it’s usually considered a slow, difficult process. It’s also commonly used as the name of the Catholic sacrament also known as confession.



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Reconciliation is the same as an apology.