noun re·con·struc·tion \ ˌrē-kən-ˈstrək-shən \
|Updated on: 22 Jul 2018

Definition of reconstruction

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 : something reconstructed

Examples of reconstruction in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of reconstruction


in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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RECONSTRUCTION Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of reconstruction for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Medical Dictionary


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

medical Definition of reconstruction

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

Law Dictionary


noun re·con·struc·tion

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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