boften 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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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