[dee-kuh n-struhkt]

verb (used with object)

to break down into constituent parts; dissect; dismantle.

Origin of deconstruct

apparently back formation from deconstruction Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for deconstructed

Contemporary Examples of deconstructed

Historical Examples of deconstructed

  • Indeed, writing is deconstructed and becomes graffiti notation, shorthand statements freed of language, and defying literacy.

British Dictionary definitions for deconstructed



having no formal structurea deconstructed jacket


verb (tr)

to apply the theories of deconstruction to (a text, film, etc)
to expose or dismantle the existing structure in (a system, organization, etc)
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Word Origin and History for deconstructed



1973, back-formation from deconstruction. Related: Deconstructed; deconstructing.

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