reconciliation (rek-[schwa]n-sil-ee-ay-sh[schwa]n), n.

1. Restoration of harmony between persons or things that had been in conflict (a reconciliation between the plaintiff and the defendant is unlikely even if the lawsuit settles before trial).

2. Family law. Voluntary resumption, after a separation, of full marital relations between spouses (the court dismissed the divorce petition after the parties’ reconciliation). Cf. CONDONATION (2). [Cases: Husband and Wife 279(3).]

3. Accounting. An adjustment of accounts so that they agree, esp. by allowing for outstanding items ( reconciliation of the checking account and the bank statement). ¡ª reconcile (rek-[schwa]n-sIl), vb.

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