re·​con·​struc·​tion | \ ˌrē-kən-ˈstrək-shən How to pronounce reconstruction (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web The legislation’s net has been cast so wide that it is expected to deter investors and firms which hoped to participate in Syria’s reconstruction. The Economist, "From bad to worse Bashar al-Assad has no solutions to Syria’s crisis," 20 June 2020 This summer, builders will finish the reconstruction of High Street and the construction of new brick crosswalks, lights and trees along the district’s primary artery. Jarrad Saffren, USA TODAY, "Mount Holly continues to improve High Street business district," 20 June 2020 Another major closure takes place on the East Freeway as part of the Waco Street Bridge demolition and reconstruction project. Shacamree Gowdy, Houston Chronicle, "Three freeway closures bring weekend of traffic delays to Houston," 19 June 2020 Afterward, the reconstruction began, thanks to the steady influx of money brought in by black workers who had steady jobs in the white parts of town but didn’t spend their salaries there. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "We still don’t know just how much was lost in the Tulsa massacre of 1921," 18 June 2020 The sanctions prevent anyone around the world from doing business with Syrian officials or state institutions or from participating in the country’s reconstruction. Albert Aji,, "Syria devalues currency amid chaos ahead of new US sanctions," 17 June 2020 Her days often start at 4:30 am -- well before her kids get up -- to work on her startup, Brilliantly, which will soon launch a product to help with discomfort from post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, "Working parents are hitting a wall. Employers don't want to lose them," 16 June 2020 Joe Reitz took time to detail what was done in the park during its three-year shutdown for reconstruction. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "Overlook Park in Avon Lake opens after complete reconstruction," 15 June 2020 Copernicus uses a technique involving the reconstruction of global weather called reanalysis, which in the past few years grew sophisticated and accurate enough to use to track global climate conditions in near-real-time. Andrew Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Earth just had its warmest May on record amid startling Siberian heat wave," 5 June 2020

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First Known Use of reconstruction

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Reconstruction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce reconstruction (audio) \

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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