Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or process of reclaiming.
  • n. A restoration, as to productivity, usefulness, or morality.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of reclaiming or the state of being reclaimed.
  • n. The recovery of a wasteland, or of flooded land so it can be cultivated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of reclaiming.
  • n. Representation made in opposition; remonstrance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A reclaiming of something as a possession; a claim or demand for return or restoration; a requirement of compensation for something wrongly taken or withheld; also, a claim to a discovery as having been previously made.
  • n. A calling or bringing back, as from aberration or wrong-doing; restoration; reformation.
  • n. The act of subduing to fitness for service or use; taming; amelioration: as, the reclamation of wild animals or waste land.
  • n. A remonstrance; representation made in opposition; a cry of opposition or disapprobation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. rescuing from error and returning to a rightful course
  • n. the conversion of wasteland into land suitable for use of habitation or cultivation
  • n. the recovery of useful substances from waste products

Etymologies

Middle English reclamacion, from Old French reclamation, from Latin reclāmātiō, reclāmātiōn-, cry of opposition, from reclāmātus, past participle of reclāmāre, to exclaim against; see reclaim.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Because of the conflicting definitions, the use of the term reclamation can be confusing.

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  • The problem with rainwater reclamation is that usually the optimal storage is 10 days.

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  • The potential for abuse in such transactions seems obvious, and the state's risk, particularly for reclamation, is substantial.

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  • Hassell and Hoiberg, another reclamation from the Bulls, have taken on added responsibilities since Szczerbiak's latest injury — broken bones in his back that will keep him out for weeks, if not the remainder of the playoffs.

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  • That speaks all the more highly for the efforts that have been made by the Zionist settlements in reclamation within recent years of a comparatively unfruitful land that requires hard work and intensive effort.

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  • Anderson, who had taken refuge in Canada; and, unquestionably, we shall do so again and again whenever and by whomsoever reclamation is made upon us for fugitive slaves.

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  • A recent announcement has indicated that Newmont Mining Corporation will be commencing near term reclamation activities at the former Ross Adams Uranium Mine, within Ucore's Bokan Mountain project area.

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  • They are starting to behave more like a quality forestry company who have a long term reclamation and restoration corporate culture a renewable resource sector.

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  • When bisexuals, lesbians and gays use the word queer it is called reclamation, in the context in which you have invoked its usage it is called HOMOPHOBIA.

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  • No, if John McLaughlin were an African-American, some people would have said he has the right to use the epithet in that context—an argument based on the idea of reclamation and ownership of oppressive language by and of the people it potentially oppresses.

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