the making of amends for wrong or injury done: In reparation for the injustice, the king made him head of the agricultural department.
something done or given to make amends:The prosecutor has requested a reparation of $32 million to victims of the crime.
Usually reparations .
compensation in money, material, labor, etc., payable by a defeated country to another country or to an individual for loss suffered during or as a result of war: The U.S. government eventually disbursed reparations to Japanese Americans who had been interned during World War II.
monetary or other compensation payable by a country to an individual for a historical wrong: The article is about reparations to Black people for the enslavement of their ancestors.
restoration to good condition.
- non·rep·a·ra·tion, noun
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How to use reparation in a sentence
Since this summer’s racial justice protests, OZY has dedicated our editorial mission to elevating compelling ideas from around the globe, including bold ideas for reparations, free prison phone calls and digital monuments for underrepresented heroes.
In 1995, state and federal legislation pledged to provide reparations.The Government Promised to Return Ancestral Hawaiian Land, Then Never Finished the Job | by Rob Perez, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, and Agnel Philip, ProPublica | December 19, 2020 | ProPublica
We support HR40, which was the deal in the House for a commission to study reparations.
I think when most people talk about reparations, they’re talking about reparations for slavery, which is a form of reparations and certainly should be studied.
It’s hard for me to understand how and why people would be against a commission to study reparations.
As reparation, the court ordered $563 to be paid out to Yang and required the clinic to post an apology on its website.
Because of the obligation to make reparation that a crime against humanity always imposes.Bernard-Henri Lévy: Yes, France Is To Blame For Rwanda | Bernard-Henri Lévy | April 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Three years on, the demands for some kind of reparation have reached fever pitch.Barclays CEO Resigns: Scandal Links to Bank of England | Peter Jukes | July 3, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
She may be referring to the civil reparation fine, which matches the amount she wired.
The only reparation I want is for you to see rape as not my problem, but your problem.
The score of this work seemed like a sin, for which he must make reparation at all costs.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky | Modeste Tchaikovsky
He was charged with having committed a wrong; but he was not asked to make reparation.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
On her side, the baroness did everything in her power to give the utmost brilliancy to this solemn reparation.The Nabob | Alphonse Daudet
The work of reparation followed, and the chapel was deemed sufficient till 1856, when it was entirely rebuilt and enlarged.Our Churches and Chapels | Atticus
That was why, instinctively, she had put on her old homespun with a vague purpose of reparation to them.The Trail of the Lonesome Pine | John Fox, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for reparation
the act or process of making amends: an injury admitting of no reparation
(usually plural) compensation exacted as an indemnity from a defeated nation by the victors: esp the compensation demanded of Germany by the Treaty of Versailles after World War I
the act or process of repairing or state of having been repaired
- reparative (rɪˈpærətɪv) or reparatory, adjective
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Cultural definitions for reparation
Compensation demanded by a victorious nation from a defeated nation. Reparations can be in the form of goods or money.
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