[ rek-uh n-sil-ee-ey-shuh n ]
/ ˌrɛk ənˌsɪl iˈeɪ ʃən /


an act of reconciling, as when former enemies agree to an amicable truce.
the state of being reconciled, as when someone becomes resigned to something not desired.
the process of making consistent or compatible.

Origin of reconciliation

1300–50; Middle English reconsiliacion < Latin reconciliātiōn- (stem of reconciliātiō), equivalent to reconciliāt(us) (see reconcile, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM reconciliation

non·rec·on·cil·i·a·tion, noun pre·rec·on·cil·i·a·tion, noun pro·rec·on·cil·i·a·tion, adjective


What does reconciliation mean?

Reconciliation is the process of two people or groups in a conflict agreeing to make amends or come to a truce.

Reconciliation is also the name of a Catholic sacrament involving the confession of sin. Less commonly, reconciliation refers to when someone accepts an undesirable situation, or to the process of making things compatible.

Example: After years of conflict, the two parties have agreed to meet with the goal of reconciliation.

Where does reconciliation come from?

The first records of the word reconciliation come from the 1300s. It is the noun form of the verb reconcile, which comes from the Latin reconciliāre, meaning “to make good again” or “to repair.”

Reconciliation is meant to repair relationships that are broken. It can happen between two people, such as former friends who had a falling-out. Or it can happen between groups, such as warring factions in a country. Reconciliation is usually thought to create more than just a truce. When true reconciliation occurs, the two formerly hostile sides become respectful of each other—and, ideally, friends.

In the Roman Catholic Church, Reconciliation is the name of a sacrament in which people confess their sins—a process popularly known as confession. It is sometimes also called Penance.

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What are some other forms related to reconciliation?

  • reconcile (verb)
  • nonreconciliation (noun)
  • prereconcilition (noun)
  • proreconciliation (adjective)

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How is reconciliation used in real life?

Reconciliation is typically used in the context of two parties that have a serious, longstanding dispute, and it’s usually considered a slow, difficult process. It’s also commonly used as the name of the Catholic sacrament also known as confession.



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Reconciliation is the same as an apology.

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British Dictionary definitions for reconciliation

/ (ˌrɛkənˌsɪlɪˈeɪʃən) /


RC Church a sacrament in which repentant sinners are absolved and gain reconciliation with God and the Church, on condition of confession of their sins to a priest and of performing a penance