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reconstruction Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the period after the American Civil War when the southern states were reorganized and reintegrated into the Union; 1865-1877
    Reconstruction Period.
  2. noun the activity of constructing something again
  3. noun an interpretation formed by piecing together bits of evidence
  4. noun recall that is hypothesized to work by storing abstract features which are then used to construct the memory during recall
    reconstructive memory.

Re`con*struc"tion noun
  1. The act of constructing again; the state of being reconstructed.
  2. (U.S. Politics) The act or process of reorganizing the governments of the States which had passed ordinances of secession, and of reëstablishing their constitutional relations to the national government, after the close of the Civil War.

Webster 1913