Definition of reckoning in English:

reckoning

noun

  • 1The action or process of calculating or estimating something:

    ‘the sixth, or by another reckoning eleventh, Earl of Mar’
    • ‘Kushyar's Principles of Hindu reckoning was written about 1000 AD.’
    • ‘By any reckoning, and in any sport, McGee is an extraordinary athlete, as the scientists in the South Australian Institute of Sport realised when he was tested there as a 16-year-old.’
    • ‘However, in Mahaz's own reckoning, it achieved 75 per cent success as it also takes into the account the second places secured by its supported candidates.’
    • ‘According to one reckoning, in China the year is 4698.’
    • ‘The last time that an Australian government had a majority in both houses of Parliament was 24 years ago, a generation in the standard reckoning but lifetimes away by some measures.’
    • ‘‘By my reckoning Newcastle have scored from eight penalties so far this season and they've probably been awarded more,’ says Rob Compton.’
    • ‘Direct reckoning, or the ability of animals to calculate their position by adding up successive movements, is evidence of read-write memory, he said.’
    • ‘An annual Experian survey, which leaves York's large businesses out of its reckoning, places the city a lowly 377th out of 404 towns and cities when it comes to average profit margins.’
    • ‘By Catherine Walter's reckoning, it was at 10 o'clock on Sunday night that the Board members of the National Australia Bank reached a deal.’
    • ‘He isn't sure of his real age (somewhere in the early 80s), he seems to have been married a number of times, and, by his own reckoning, had dozens of kids.’
    • ‘By my reckoning, that amounts to over 10 per cent per month or 120 per cent annual interest - just because I was out of town and a few days late paying the bill.’
    • ‘They are also subject to sharp revision, often in ways which suggest that political factors were at work in the numerical reckoning.’
    • ‘Simple reckoning of the ages at which each of the biblical patriarchs produced his son would not suffice.’
    • ‘However, the play is being re-broadcast at 2.00 am GMT tomorrow morning (by my reckoning that's 9.00 pm EST).’
    • ‘I'm further humbled to realise that I received my MA in 1964, and so it has taken me 38 years to complete my doctorate - a slow learner by any reckoning.’
    • ‘The missions are generated using a twenty-digit alphanumeric seed code, which, with a little simple reckoning, leads me to over 1031 possible combinations.’
    • ‘New York police did not release an official crowd estimate, but the march was, by anyone's reckoning, enormous.’
    calculation, estimation, computation, working out, summation, counting
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    1. 1.1 A person's opinion or judgement:
      ‘by ancient reckoning, bacteria are plants’
      • ‘But it would be hard to find two more opportunistic men than they, and by almost any reckoning, the right moment had come for a full public account of West's early years.’
      • ‘It is no less patriotic to issue just criticism than it is to utter just praise and, in my reckoning, rather more constructive than to adopt a ‘my country, right or wrong’ attitude, even on Armistice Day.’
      • ‘Wayne's career, by his own reckoning, has been marked by ‘tough public debate on important public issues.’’
      • ‘He was told by the judge, Mr Recorder Evans: ‘The graffiti was of a particularly offensive nature and you are, by any reckoning, a persistent offender.’’
      • ‘Fragrant, aromatic whites seem to go best by my reckoning but there's plenty of scope for simple, fruity reds too.’
      • ‘By her reckoning, ‘A good houseguest never arrives empty handed.’’
      • ‘He was, by many reckonings, the most reactionary pope of the 20th century.’
      • ‘If the critics have ways of bringing about this changed pattern of cropping, why don't they simply do it, and stop wasting their time attacking a system that by their reckoning is a failure?’
      • ‘Also crucial in his reckoning of a good care system is having a good team of paramedical staff and counsellors who will help patients cope, post-surgery.’
      • ‘Off in the distance, well out of sight, a comparable number of protesters partied in the streets, sang, bounced on trampolines, enjoyed live music and, by my reckoning, seemed to be having at lot more fun.’
      • ‘Because, to my reckoning, amputating limbs is a far more than cosmetic process.’
      • ‘Each film, by his reckoning, is taking the medium of computerized animation a giant leap forward.’
      • ‘By any reckoning, holidays are preferable to hooliganism, and jolly good luck to all who have the physical strength to enjoy them, and the money to pay for the tickets, which seem to run well into the thousands of dollars.’
      • ‘In the interests of finding a solution to the equation of how debt might be alleviated we offer this reckoning: less money to be spent on G8 junketing and more - much more - to be found for aid budgets.’
      • ‘Decentralization will not be complete for several years and even then a good deal of time will have to elapse before a thorough reckoning of its success will be possible.’
      • ‘By that reckoning, we'd have to give everyone gas masks and surround every building with the National Guard.’
      opinion, view, judgement, evaluation, way of thinking, estimate, estimation, appraisal, consideration
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    2. 1.2archaic [count noun] A bill or account, or its settlement.
      • ‘And this is the reckoning, John! You're going to pay me - pay me in full - and you're going to pay me now!’
      • ‘He partook of a leisurely breakfast, paid his reckoning, had the ostler bring his horse, and set off to the sound of church bells in the clear air.’
      bill, invoice, statement, list of charges, tally
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  • 2The avenging or punishing of past mistakes or misdeeds:

    ‘the fear of being brought to reckoning’
    [count noun] ‘there will be a terrible reckoning’
    • ‘Jacob has bid us farewell with an angry post threatening us all with a divine reckoning.’
    • ‘Those corporations face a terrible reckoning when he falls from power.’
    • ‘In a political sense, there will be a reckoning and it will not be too far off.’
    • ‘It takes place in the synagogue on Yom Kippur, introducing expectations of an ultimate reckoning.’
    • ‘Justice permits the doer of evil to be held accountable for every iota of harm that ensues as a result of the evil act, and that reckoning can be terrible indeed.’
    • ‘That teenage boy is going to do his best to identify the nameless, faceless tormentors, and draw them into a public reckoning.’
    • ‘The Last Judgement and the Resurrection at the end of times were still perceived as the final reckoning, but this ultimate judgement had come to be preceded by an earlier one, immediately after death.’
    • ‘We knew there was a greater reckoning ahead, but we could not quite feel it yet.’
    • ‘In Jewish consciousness, a fast day is a time of reckoning, a time to correct a previous mistake.’
    • ‘Either way, the sense is likely to be one of unfinished business and a reckoning postponed.’
    • ‘And one of the ways of rekindling that hope in the justice of God was with the sense that ultimately there will be a reckoning, and justice will be done.’
    • ‘If there is to be a reckoning over this war and its disorderly aftermath, it will come in next year's elections.’
    • ‘While it is impossible to know the full dimensions at this point, the downdraft on wages and competing economies induced by China's ascendancy may produce a terrible reckoning.’
    • ‘This is my best chance and I swear that if you ruin it there will be a reckoning!’
    • ‘One way or another, by accident, divine reckoning or human error, an avenging fire is turned against them.’
    • ‘The only thing so far saving the economy from a terrible reckoning is the fact that there aren't great prospects for profit anywhere else in the world either.’
    retribution, fate, doom, nemesis, judgement, punishment, what is coming to someone
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  • 3the reckoningContention for a place in a team or among the winners of a contest:

    ‘he has hit the sort of form which could thrust him into the reckoning’
    • ‘And all eyes are likely to be on Gallagher, who has forced his way into the reckoning for a full international call-up following some impressive displays in the Premiership with Rovers.’
    • ‘But the nine-year-old has slipped to a very favourable rating and it would be unwise to rule him out of the reckoning in the Sean Graham Handicap Chase.’
    • ‘James Drinkall is definitely unavailable, so Alex Mathie and Joe Connor come back into the reckoning, while Brown could add a few of the club's talented juniors to the squad.’
    • ‘Even if they don't come into the reckoning in time for the Italy match, some of them must have impressed sufficiently to ensure that they will feature in the course of this summer's warm-up games for the World Cup.’
    • ‘It is telling that Gephardt and Dean, the twin favorites in Iowa until a week ago, together received less than 30% support in the final reckoning.’
    • ‘They have failed to win any of the seven games since, a slump which has seen them pick up only three points and crash out of the reckoning for a play-off finish.’
    • ‘Nevertheless New Zealand were able to pull two goals back thanks largely to sloppy Scotland defending and those careless concessions would contribute considerably to the final group reckoning.’
    • ‘They are in second place, only 11 points adrift of Surrey, but fourth-placed Leicestershire could also come into the reckoning if they defeat Yorkshire.’
    • ‘With Darren Gough, Matthew Hoggard and Kirby all out of the reckoning, Yorkshire will be preparing a pitch which is receptive to spin rather than pace and both Richard Dawson and Andy Gray are expected to play.’
    • ‘I'm setting myself a target of a run a ball and hopefully that will get me back in the Scotland reckoning.’
    • ‘Although Kelly was unwilling to name players who might come into the reckoning, it seems certain that there will be new faces and some surprises when the invitations go out.’
    • ‘With the St. Kieran's senior and under 21 teams gone out of the reckoning in their respective championships, much attention will now be focussed on the minors.’
    • ‘In addition, both Craig White and Gavin Hamilton will also come into the reckoning when they are fully fit, while Paul Hutchison is also highly-regarded by the England selectors.’
    • ‘Full back Marcus Bignot could come back into the reckoning after recovering from a knee ligament injury that has ruled him out since the second game of the season, but will more than likely start on the bench.’
    • ‘But another contender, centre Craig Reed, is out of the reckoning until November, recovering from an ankle injury as well as having work commitments.’
    • ‘My club Leixlip were involved in the Kildare county final against Sarsfields the Sunday before the match but I was out of the reckoning because the Kerry management had banned players from taking part in club games that weekend.’
    • ‘They themselves will be among the players bidding to break into the reckoning for Cardiff.’
    • ‘With Shamardal ruled out of the reckoning, Michael Bell's stable star may have most to fear from Starcraft, who finished third to Valixir in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot at York.’
    • ‘Garrymore, lacking the overall balance of their opponents, did make a spirited effort to get into the reckoning in the third quarter, but could make little headway.’
    • ‘And with Anthony McGrath almost certainly out of the reckoning and Craig White doubtful with a groin strain, Yorkshire look like being forced to field a seriously weakened side.’
    • ‘Dobson, very impressive during his last spell with the Wasps in 1998, will also come into the reckoning against the newly-formed Eagles.’

Pronunciation

reckoning

/ˈrɛk(ə)nɪŋ/