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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But that short segment of roadway will close eventually to allow for its reconstruction. Luz Lazo, Washington Post, "Another portion of Beach Drive reopens Monday," 8 July 2018 The Mavericks are two years into their own reconstruction with a pair of top 10 picks. Schuyler Dixon, Houston Chronicle, "AP sources: DeAndre Jordan commits again 3 years after jilting Mavericks," 1 July 2018 That may not be far off thanks to a new technique that turns YouTube videos into 3D reconstructions of matches. Edd Gent, Science | AAAS, "Watch artificial intelligence project a 3D soccer match on your kitchen table," 12 June 2018 But as Trump made clear in a lengthy but vaguely worded reconstruction of their five hours of talks, none of that really matters to him. David E. Sanger,, "Trump makes a bet on his ‘terrific relationship’ with North Korean leader," 12 June 2018 Those projects include reconstruction of parts of Clay Street, Monon Road, 205th Avenue, State Line Road and Calumet Avenue. Craig Lyons, Post-Tribune, "Lake County plans $20 million in road and bridge improvements," 8 June 2018 Finally, in 2017, Priority agreed to cover her genital reconstruction. CNN, "To be herself, she needs to change her body. But first, comes the battle with insurers," 31 May 2018 What is reported by the author in today’s article is the result of his reconstruction, in which the literal words pronounced by the Pope are not quoted. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Did Pope Francis Abolish Hell?," 30 Mar. 2018 And so the researchers conclude that the most recent decade was already warmer than any 100-year average in their reconstruction. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Are we already warmer than any time since the Ice Age ended?," 31 Jan. 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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