Meaning of reckoning


A reckoning is a calculation or number you estimate. You might say, “By my reckoning, there are now seventeen kids in the bouncy house, which might be a few too many.”

The act of counting or tallying can be called a reckoning, and so can a person’s opinion on something. You could describe an ancient astronomer’s reckoning that the Earth was at the center of the universe or your own reckoning that guests should never stay more than three days. And if you and your estranged sister have a reckoning, it means you finally get together and hold each other accountable for past actions.

Definitions of reckoning
  1. noun

    problem solving that involves numbers or quantities


    calculation, computation, figuring

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    (mathematics) calculation of the value of a function outside the range of known values

    (mathematics) calculation of the value of a function between the values already known

    a change in the units or form of an expression: “conversion from Fahrenheit to Centigrade”
    approximation, estimate, estimation, idea

    an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth
    derivative, derived function, differential, differential coefficient, first derivative

    the result of mathematical differentiation; the instantaneous change of one quantity relative to another; df(x)/dx

    the result of a mathematical integration; F(x) is the integral of f(x) if dF/dx = f(x)

    estimation of the amount of lumber in a log

    the rate of change (at a point) of the angle between a curve and a tangent to the curve
    data conversion

    conversion from one way of encoding data to another way
    digitisation, digitization

    conversion of analog information into digital information
    credit, credit rating

    an estimate, based on previous dealings, of a person’s or an organization’s ability to fulfill their financial commitments
    dead reckoning, guess, guessing, guesswork, shot

    an estimate based on little or no information
    guesstimate, guestimate

    an estimate that combines reasoning with guessing
    overestimate, overestimation, overrating, overreckoning

    a calculation that results in an estimate that is too high
    underestimate, underestimation, underrating, underreckoning

    an estimation that is too low; an estimate that is less than the true or actual value
    partial, partial derivative

    the derivative of a function of two or more variables with respect to a single variable while the other variables are considered to be constant
    indefinite integral

    the set of functions F(x) + C, where C is any real number, such that F(x) is the integral of f(x)
    definite integral

    the integral of a function over a definite interval
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    problem solving

    the thought processes involved in solving a problem

  2. noun

    the act of counting; reciting numbers in ascending order


    count, counting, enumeration, numeration, tally

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    blood count

    the act of estimating the number of red and white corpuscles in a blood sample
    census, nose count, nosecount

    a periodic count of the population

    counting backward from an arbitrary number to indicate the time remaining before some event (such as launching a space vehicle)

    an inaccurate count

    the counting of votes (as in an election)

    an additional (usually a second) count; especially of the votes in a close election
    sperm count

    the act of estimating the number of spermatozoa in an ejaculate
    CBC, blood profile, complete blood count

    counting the number of white and red blood cells and the number of platelets in 1 cubic millimeter of blood
    differential blood count

    counting the number of specific types of white blood cells found in 1 cubic millimeter of blood; may be included as part of a complete blood count
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    investigating, investigation

    the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically

  3. noun

    a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty


    opinion, persuasion, sentiment, thought, view

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    a personal view
    judgement, judgment, mind

    an opinion formed by judging something

    opinion or judgment
    parti pris, preconceived idea, preconceived notion, preconceived opinion, preconception, prepossession

    an opinion formed beforehand without adequate evidence

    one of two divergent or mutually exclusive opinions
    political sympathies, politics

    the opinion you hold with respect to political questions
    conclusion, decision, determination

    a position or opinion or judgment reached after consideration
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    any cognitive content held as true

  4. noun

    a bill for an amount due



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    account, bill, invoice

    an itemized statement of money owed for goods or services

  5. noun

    a time or act of being held accountable; a settling of accounts

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