[ rep-uh-rey-shuhnz ]
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plural noun
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

Origin of reparations

First recorded in 1350–1400; plural of reparation (in the sense of “something done or given to make amends”)
  • Sometimes rep·a·ra·tion .

Words Nearby reparations Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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