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reconstruction Line breaks: re|con¦struc¦tion
Pronunciation: /riːkənˈstrʌkʃn/

Definition of reconstruction in English:


1 [mass noun] The action or process of reconstructing or being reconstructed: the economic reconstruction of Russia
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  • There should also be an appraisal of Britain's role in the post-war, reconstruction process.
  • The grant is not only timely but it comes at a critical time when the country is grappling with the economic reconstruction programme.
  • Emerging from the war physically devastated, Europe began a process of both economic and political reconstruction.
1.1 [count noun] A thing that has been rebuilt after being damaged or destroyed: comparison between the original and the reconstruction
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  • In the museum gardens are several reconstructions including a Roman temple, shop, house, and Northumbrian croft, all with audio presentations.
  • The present Guildhall is a reconstruction necessitated by damage to the original during the Second World War.
  • The next gallery consisted of a reconstruction of the painting studio on the ground floor of the Yellow House.
1.2 [count noun] An impression, model, or re-enactment of a past event formed from the available evidence: a reconstruction of the accident would be staged to try to discover the cause of the tragedy
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  • What follows is a brief account of my experiences and a reconstruction of some events from discussions with the victims.
  • Stylistically, it really set the tone for all the grainy filmed reconstructions of events we see in documentaries all the time nowadays.
  • The narrator explains that her story is an inexact reconstruction of events.
2 (the Reconstruction) The period 1865–77 following the American Civil War, during which the Southern states of the Confederacy were controlled by federal government and social legislation, including the granting of new rights to black people, was introduced.

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