Wed 12 Dec, 2007 05:33 pm
A force to be reckoned with or a force not to be reckoned with, I've searched for the meaning of "reckoned" or however you spell it but can't find out what it means, I was wondering if anyone could be any help at all.
In this context, "to reckon with" means "to take into consideration" or "to come to terms with." The phrase a force to be reckoned with is usually applied to ideas or things that are considered so big or so important that they cannot be ignored and must be confronted or taken into consideration.
"Reckoning" means "calculating"--with and without actual numbers.
Some factors in a situation are too powerful to ignore and must be taken into account in any long range or short range planning.