1. count; computation; calculation.
  2. the settlement of accounts, as between two companies.
  3. a statement of an amount due; bill.
  4. an accounting, as for things received or done.
  5. an appraisal or judgment.
  6. Navigation. dead reckoning.
  7. day of reckoning.

Origin of reckoning

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at reckon, -ing1
Related formspre·reck·on·ing, nounself-reck·on·ing, adjective, noun

Synonyms for reckoning Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for self-reckoning


  1. the act of counting or calculating
  2. settlement of an account or bill
  3. a bill or account
  4. retribution for one's actions (esp in the phrase day of reckoning)
  5. nautical short for dead reckoning
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Word Origin and History for self-reckoning



early 14c., "narrative, account," verbal noun from reckon (v.). Meaning "a settling of accounts" is from mid-14c.; that of "calculation" is from late 14c. Cf. Dutch rekening "a bill, account, reckoning," Old High German rechenunga, German rechnung, Danish regning "a reckoning, computation." Day of reckoning attested from c.1600.

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