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 As of right now, work on the cathedral reconstruction is not expected to begin until 2022. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Hundreds of Centuries-Old Trees Felled to Rebuild Notre-Dame’s Iconic Spire," 12 Apr. 2021 Officials say the move will cut red tape, encourage investment and kick-start reconstruction. The Economist, "Opening up Getting into Iraq may soon be much easier," 10 Apr. 2021 More extensive road reconstruction will occur on Middlebrook Blvd., from Holland Road to south of Havendale Drive. Beth Mlady, cleveland, "Long list of road repairs receives Brook Park council approval," 9 Apr. 2021 Superior Street reconstruction enters its fourth year on Monday as workers finish the last few blocks of the downtown artery, parts of which will be closed for several months. Brooks Johnson, Star Tribune, "Last year of Superior Street construction kicks off Monday in Duluth," 9 Apr. 2021 Tedeschi said positive change in those areas first requires the reconstruction of core beliefs, such as the predictability and controllability of life, that prior to the traumatic event often went either unexamined or were taken for granted. USA Today, "After COVID-19, post-traumatic growth could bring creativity, joy back into your life, but perhaps not until 2024," 8 Apr. 2021 The first buildings constructed on the the rocky outcrop of the Acropolis of Athens were destroyed by Persians around 480 B.C., but that didn't stop a second 15-year effort from finishing a complete reconstruction that wrapped up around 432 B.C. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "The World’s 20 Most Impressive Ancient Builds," 8 Apr. 2021 Wagner was pronounced dead at the scene, and Kentucky State Police crash reconstruction units are continuing to investigate. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "KSP: Man dies after fleeing from police and crashing car on U.S. 60 in Shelby County," 6 Apr. 2021 The trachea, or windpipe, which spans from right below the voice box to the bronchi, or airways branching to the lungs, has been an area of intense study in the world of transplant surgery and airway reconstruction. Nina Shapiro, Forbes, "Woman Takes A Deep Breath After First Successful Tracheal Transplant," 6 Apr. 2021

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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 17 Apr. 2021.

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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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