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

Definition of reconstruction 

1a : 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 : something reconstructed

Examples of reconstruction in a Sentence

the reconstruction of the dam the reconstruction of postwar Europe reconstruction of the health-care system They were able to determine the cause of the accident by careful reconstruction of the events leading up to it. The police staged a reconstruction of the crime.
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That is stabilizing these areas, consolidating our gains, getting people back into their homes and addressing the long-term issues of reconstruction and other things that will have to be done. Alex Ward, Vox, "Trump wants US troops out of Syria. Putin might use that to his advantage.," 29 June 2018 Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Fran McLaughlin said former Sheriff David Clarke Jr. requested suicide barriers in 2010 when the bridge was being surveyed for reconstruction. Jennifer Walter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Deputies save man from jumping off Hoan Bridge," 13 July 2018 Damascus’s deputy governor, Rateb Adas, said the government has allocated nearly $6 million for reconstruction, state media reported. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "Syria’s Former Rebel Strongholds Endure as Assad Regime Reasserts Control," 12 July 2018 Among the latest additions to the visitor center is an 8-foot-high skeletal reconstruction of a 2,000-pound Harlan's Ground Sloth. Nancy Daly,, "Fish moved from lake at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site," 4 July 2018 Lisa Kutis, a spokeswoman for Goodyear police, said the crash reconstruction and investigation are underway and likely won't be completed for at least a week. Kelsey Mo, azcentral, "13-year-old Tolleson boy killed in Goodyear crash wanted to be a neurosurgeon," 29 June 2018 Recently, the Jewish community received the land upon which the choral synagogue once stood, and a full reconstruction of the historic structure is underway. Dovid Margolin, Jewish Journal, "They came for the World Cup and stayed for Shabbat," 28 June 2018 Assuming, of course, the reconstruction is complete., "Can anybody explain what USA Track & Field is doing? Oregon track & field rundown," 2 May 2018 Rene Schiffer's reconstruction of Monteverdi's lost music for the final scene was seamless and convincing. Special To The Plain Dealer,, "Apollo's Fire ascends with affecting production of 'L'Orfeo' (review)," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of reconstruction

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners 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


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

Medical Definition of reconstruction 

: repair of an organ or part by reconstructive surgery breast reconstruction



Legal Definition of reconstruction 

1 : a rebuilding of a nonfunctional patented article that amounts to creation of a new article and constitutes infringement of the patent the complete replacement of the mechanism was a reconstruction and not a repair

2 : the practice or process of recreating an incident (as an accident) for the purpose of investigating the specific facts and circumstances surrounding it heard testimony on the speed of the vehicle from an expert in accident reconstruction

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