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



    BrE BrE//ˌriːkənˈstrʌkʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːkənˈstrʌkʃn//
    Construction, TV shows
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  1. 1[uncountable] the process of changing or improving the condition of something or the way it works; the process of putting something back into the state it was in before the reconstruction of the educational system the post-war reconstruction of Germany a reconstruction period
  2. 2[uncountable] the activity of building again something that has been damaged or destroyed the reconstruction of the sea walls See related entries: Construction
  3. 3[countable] a copy of something that no longer exists The doorway is a 19th century reconstruction of Norman work.
  4. 4[countable] a short film showing events that are known to have happened, made in order to try and get more information or better understanding, especially about a crime Last night police staged a reconstruction of the incident. See related entries: TV shows
  5. 5Reconstruction [uncountable] (in the US) the period after the Civil War when the southern states returned to the US and laws were passed that gave rights to African Americans Culture During Reconstruction US political and military forces controlled and punished the southern states. Laws were passed making slavery illegal and giving African Americans the right to vote and hold public office. White Southerners were upset by many Reconstruction practices, such as unusual elections that put former slaves in state governments. This was one cause of the growth of the Ku Klux Klan.
  6. Extra examples The bombed city is now undergoing extensive reconstruction. The country faces a huge task of national reconstruction following the war. The police have staged a reconstruction of the events leading up to the murder. a dramatic reconstruction of school life in the 1940s a historical reconstruction based on contemporary documents a large-scale urban reconstruction project a life-size reconstruction of a Viking longboat breast reconstruction surgery companies bidding for post-war reconstruction contracts reconstruction costs following the cyclone surgical reconstruction of his mouth
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: reconstruction