Definition of reckoning in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrɛk(ə)nɪŋ/


[mass noun]
1The action or process of calculating or estimating something: the sixth, or by another reckoning eleventh, Earl of Mar
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  • Simple reckoning of the ages at which each of the biblical patriarchs produced his son would not suffice.
  • The missions are generated using a twenty-digit alphanumeric seed code, which, with a little simple reckoning, leads me to over 1031 possible combinations.
  • ‘By my reckoning Newcastle have scored from eight penalties so far this season and they've probably been awarded more,’ says Rob Compton.
calculation, estimation, computation, working out, summation, counting;
addition, total, tally, score
1.1A person’s opinion or judgement: by ancient reckoning, bacteria are plants
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  • 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.
  • Wayne's career, by his own reckoning, has been marked by ‘tough public debate on important public issues.’
  • Because, to my reckoning, amputating limbs is a far more than cosmetic process.
opinion, view, judgement, evaluation, way of thinking, estimate, estimation, appraisal, consideration
1.2 [count noun] archaic A bill or account, or its settlement.
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  • 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.
2The avenging or punishing of past mistakes or misdeeds: the fear of being brought to reckoning [count noun]: there will be a terrible reckoning
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  • 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.
  • One way or another, by accident, divine reckoning or human error, an avenging fire is turned against them.
  • In Jewish consciousness, a fast day is a time of reckoning, a time to correct a previous mistake.
retribution, fate, doom, nemesis, judgement, punishment, what is coming to someone
3 (the reckoning) Contention 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
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  • 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.
  • They themselves will be among the players bidding to break into the reckoning for Cardiff.
  • 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.

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