Definition of reconciliation in US English:

reconciliation

noun

  • 1The restoration of friendly relations.

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

    ‘he aims to bring about a reconciliation between art and technology’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

reconciliation

/ˌrekənˌsilēˈāSH(ə)n//ˌrɛkənˌsɪliˈeɪʃ(ə)n/