re·​con·​struc·​tion·​ist ˌrē-kən-ˈstrək-sh(ə-)nist How to pronounce reconstructionist (audio)
plural reconstructionists
or Reconstructionist : an adherent of Jewish reconstructionism
or Reconstructionist : an advocate of post-Civil War Reconstruction
: a person who reconstructs a past event (such as a car accident) as a profession
an accident reconstructionist
reconstructionist adjective
or Reconstructionist
Reconstructionist Judaism

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web For six weeks, Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis and his office interviewed victims and witnesses and worked with a crash reconstructionist to examine why the driver hit the cyclists. Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2021 The defense’s crash reconstructionist, Charles Gregory Russell, found errors in the initial crash report, leading Roberts to take new measurements and amend his report. Cassidy Jensen, Baltimore Sun, 29 Mar. 2023 Crime scene reconstructionist Iris Graff agrees. CBS News, 1 Oct. 2022 But in court Monday, St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar said a crash reconstructionist determined that the fatal accident was the result of Henderson losing sight of the road while leaning over to try to adjust the window, 5 On Your Side reports. Kc Baker,, 9 Mar. 2022 Centuries later, Americans exist between these two 19th-century poles -- reconstructionist and redemptionist -- and their opposition deepens the 21st-century social fractures confronting us about everything from classroom curricula to voting rights to the notion of truth itself. Peniel E. Joseph, CNN, 4 Jan. 2022 This was an incentive for reconstructionist prospective students: there was no obligation for the school to be held accountable for patriarchal, homophobic, or racist beliefs. Eve Ettinger, Longreads, 10 Aug. 2020 Next, a reconstructionist might visit an impoundment lot to measure vehicle crush damage. John H. Tucker, Popular Mechanics, 10 Nov. 2022 Like their reconstructionist counterparts, redemptionists deployed multiple strategies. Time, 15 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of reconstructionist was in 1861

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“Reconstructionist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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