a: a theoretical entity <the deductive study of abstract constructs — D. J. Boorstin>
b: a working hypothesis or concept <the unconscious was a construct that came from the daily effort to understand patients>
: a product of ideology, history, or social circumstances <privacy is more than a social construct or an idea; it is a condition of the body — Sallie Tisdale>
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Examples of CONSTRUCT
He argues that time is a subjective construct with no objective existence.
First Known Use of CONSTRUCT
CONSTRUCTING Defined for Kids
Definition of CONSTRUCT for Kids
: to make or form by combining parts <construct a bridge>
Word Root of CONSTRUCT
The Latin word struere, meaning “to build,” and its form structus give us the root struct. Words from the Latin struere have something to do with building. A structure is something that was built, such as a house. To construct is to build by combining parts together. To obstruct is to build an obstacle that blocks a passage or path. Destruction is the process of taking apart something that was built.
Medical Definition of CONSTRUCT
: something constructed especially by mental synthesis <form a construct of a physical object by mentally assembling and integrating sense-data>