[ ree-pey-tree-ey-shuhn ]
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  1. the act or process of returning a person or thing to the country of origin: If conditions allow, refugees can be offered the option of voluntary repatriation rather than resettlement in countries offering asylum.Museums are increasingly facing pressure from formerly colonized countries seeking repatriation of their priceless antiquities.

Origin of repatriation

First recorded in 1590–1600; from Late Latin repatriation-, stem of repatriatio “a returning to one's fatherland,” equivalent to repatriāt-, stem of repatriāre + Latin -iō -ion; see repatriate

Other words from repatriation

  • non·re·pat·ri·a·tion, noun

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

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