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reconstruction

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noun re·con·struc·tion \ˌrē-kən-ˈstrək-shən\

Simple Definition of reconstruction

  • : the act or process of building something that was damaged or destroyed again

  • : the process of putting something (such as a country) back into a good condition

  • : a process in which an event or series of events is carefully examined in order to find out or show exactly what happened

Full Definition of reconstruction

  1. 1 a :  the action of reconstructing :  the state of being reconstructed b often capitalized :  the reorganization and reestablishment of the seceded states in the Union after the American Civil War

  2. 2 :  something reconstructed

Examples of reconstruction

  1. the reconstruction of the dam

  2. the reconstruction of postwar Europe

  3. reconstruction of the health-care system

  4. They were able to determine the cause of the accident by careful reconstruction of the events leading up to it.

  5. The police staged a reconstruction of the crime.



1791

First Known Use of reconstruction

1791


Medical Dictionary

reconstruction

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noun re·con·struc·tion \ˌrē-kən-ˈstrək-shən\

Medical Definition of reconstruction

  1. :  repair of an organ or part by reconstructive surgery <breast reconstruction>





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