Definition of deconstruction noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌdiːkənˈstrʌkʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːkənˈstrʌkʃn//
[uncountable] (specialist)
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(in literature and philosophy) a theory that states that it is impossible for a text to have one fixed meaning, and emphasizes the role of the reader in the production of meaning compare structuralism Word Originlate 19th cent. (originally in the general sense ‘taking to pieces’): from de- (expressing reversal) + construction.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: deconstruction