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[ree-in-steyt] /ˌri ɪnˈsteɪt/
verb (used with object), reinstated, reinstating.
to put back or establish again, as in a former position or state:
to reinstate the ousted chairman.
Origin of reinstate
First recorded in 1620-30; re- + instate
Related forms
reinstatement, reinstation, noun
reinstator, noun
nonreinstatement, noun
unreinstated, adjective Unabridged
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  • Will not some public recognition of my reinstatement be necessary?

    Salted With Fire George MacDonald
  • It ended with a plea for reinstatement or, failing that, for any sort of work.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • In this case they contributed to the reinstatement of Mr. Bradshaw.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • He tries no pretences with a view to her reinstatement, even on a par with himself.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • Again, there is no explicit mention of the reinstatement of Niall.

British Dictionary definitions for reinstatement


(transitive) to restore to a former rank or condition
Derived Forms
reinstatement, noun
reinstator, noun
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Word Origin and History for reinstatement

1700, from reinstate + -ment. Reinstation is recorded from 1680s.



1590s, from re- + instate. Related: Reinstated; reinstating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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