verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to include in consideration or planning; anticipate: He hadn't reckoned with so many obstacles.
- to deal with: I have to reckon with many problems every day.
Origin of reckon
Synonyms for reckon
Related Words for unreckonableenormous, untold, unforeseen, immense, boundless, infinite, vast, inexhaustible, limitless, unlimited, unfathomable, unmeasurable, capricious, chancy, erratic, iffy, inestimable, innumerable, numberless, uncertain
Examples from the Web for unreckonable
Historical Examples of unreckonable
What right had she to say that the world-mind was in error and she normal—she and the unreckonable Madame Nestor?She Buildeth Her House
And that he might hold up his head with the best of them, she endowed him on the spot with an unreckonable amount of wealth.
This tree is of unreckonable antiquity; so old, that in a record of the time of Edward IV.Doctor Grimshawe's Secret
He could see the unreckonable element of chance functioning largely in a man's life.Burned Bridges
Bertrand W. Sinclair
The unreckonable element of chance would still operate to make you do this or that.The Hidden Places
Bertrand W. Sinclair
Word Origin for reckon
c.1200, recenen, from Old English gerecenian "to explain, relate, recount," from West Germanic *(ga)rekenojanan (cf. Old Frisian rekenia, Middle Dutch and Dutch rekenen, Old High German rehhanon, German rechnen, Gothic rahnjan "to count, reckon"), from Proto-Germanic *rakinaz "ready, straightforward," from PIE *reg- "to move in a straight line," with derivatives meaning "direct in a straight line, rule" (see regal).
Intransitive sense "make a computation" is from c.1300. In I reckon, the sense is "hold an impression or opinion," and the expression, used parenthetically, dates from c.1600 and formerly was in literary use (Richardson, etc.), but came to be associated with U.S. Southern dialect and was regarded as provincial or vulgar. Related: Reckoned; reckoning.
In addition to the idiom beginning with reckon
- reckon with
- force to be reckoned with