Definition of reconciliation in English:



  • 1The restoration of friendly relations.

    ‘his reconciliation with your uncle’
    [count noun] ‘the earl was seeking a reconciliation with his wife’
    • ‘Officials seem to believe that once the refugees have gone home reconciliation has been completed.’
    • ‘I find it hard to phantom him being opposed to the idea of national reconciliation.’
    • ‘The visit, the latest surprise by the maverick prelate, could lead to a last-minute personal reconciliation with the Vatican.’
    • ‘The scholastics developed the theological base for this form of private reconciliation.’
    • ‘Indeed, some wonder whether a reconciliation is possible that would combine the best of both worlds.’
    • ‘Chen said the summit's message was that reconciliation must be on the basis of goodwill on both sides.’
    • ‘I urged them to work together for reconciliation.’
    • ‘However, the dialogue is more than a moment of reconciliation.’
    • ‘We expect Japan will have a reciprocal attitude toward Roh's forward-looking gestures for reconciliation.’
    • ‘I was convinced then that the Vietnam War Memorial is a great place for reconciliation.’
    • ‘Government efforts at facilitating reconciliation have been half-hearted at best.’
    • ‘Joan has been estranged from Christopher for more then 20 years, despite repeated efforts at a reconciliation.’
    • ‘Hsieh said public opinion polls showed that over 70 percent supported reconciliation between political parties.’
    • ‘The reconciliation of which Paul speaks is possible only through the action of God in Christ Jesus.’
    • ‘Without resurrection, there can never be any final reconciliation.’
    • ‘I considered it about the right time to bring about a proper reconciliation.’
    • ‘Fifth, implicit reconciliation can come about through the help of a third party.’
    • ‘It is not uncommon for strategists of reconciliation to mobilise the notion of sharing.’
    • ‘Rio Tinto chairman, Robert Wilson, spoke of "reconciliation" with Union employees.’
    • ‘Practical reconciliation has become the accepted Aboriginal policy.’
    reuniting, reunion, bringing together (again), bringing back together (again), conciliation, reconcilement
    restoration of friendly relations, restoration of harmony, agreement, compromise, understanding, peace, an end to hostilities, amity, concord
    harmonizing, harmonization, synthesis, squaring, adjustment, balancing
    resolution, settlement, rectification
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  • 2The action of making one view or belief compatible with another.

    ‘any possibility of reconciliation between such clearly opposed positions’
    • ‘The process of reconciliation of the high-tech vs. low-tech paradox was spectacularly demonstrated by a New York Times report about the Al Qaeda's regrouping efforts using the Internet.’
  • 3The action of making financial accounts consistent; harmonization.

    ‘the reconciliation process should be consistent with the business strategy’
    • ‘Around February 28, 2000, Mr. Vucenovic delivered an expense and realty tax reconciliation statement for the year 1999 to the tenants.’
    • ‘Some companies use pre-assignment estimates, accrual, and quarterly reconciliation processes in an effort to get closer to tracking and managing the total costs.’
    • ‘Fennell also referred to the council's bank overdraft position as was stated in annexure B of its bank reconciliation report on April 30.’