reconstructionism

noun, often capitalized
re·​con·​struc·​tion·​ism | \ ˌrē-kən-ˈstrək-shə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce reconstructionism (audio) \

Definition of reconstructionism

1 : a movement in 20th century American Judaism that advocates a creative adjustment to contemporary conditions through the cultivation of traditions and folkways shared by all Jews
2 : advocacy of post-Civil War Reconstruction

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Recent Examples on the Web Epstein has some respect for reconstructionism, which can be traced back to ancient philosophy. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 27 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of reconstructionism

1881, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Reconstructionism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reconstructionism. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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