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reconcile (verb) 1 make two opposite ideas, needs, etc. agree 2 make friends after a quarrel/settle differences 3 make [including yourself] accept a difficult situation.

Reconciling two ideas, needs etc., which seem opposite each other, is to find a way in which both can be accepted. Industrialization and pollution are two things that are In conflict with each other. To find a way in which we can have industry without the risk of pollution is to reconcile the two. When two persons are reconciled they forget their old quarrels and remain friends with each other. When two groups of people reconcile with each other, their good relations are restored and their past differences are forgotten. When a person is reconciled to a situation, they accept the situation helplessly, because they canít to do anything else. When a person knows that their death is not far off because of, say cancer, they are reconciled to death, that is, they accept it.

  • The modern society finds itself unable to reconcile the opposite ideas of automated life and personal feelings and human bonds and relations. It finds automation eroding personal relations.
  • Having come to know that his performance is below par, George is reconciled to the idea that he is not suitable for this kind of job. He now accepts he does not have the talent for this kind of activity.
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