[ dee-kuhn-struhk-shuhn ]
/ ˌdi kənˈstrʌk ʃən /
a philosophical and critical movement, starting in the 1960s and especially applied to the study of literature, that questions all traditional assumptions about the ability of language to represent reality and emphasizes that a text has no stable reference or identification because words essentially only refer to other words and therefore a reader must approach a text by eliminating any metaphysical or ethnocentric assumptions through an active role of defining meaning, sometimes by a reliance on new wordconstruction, etymology, puns, and other word play.
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OTHER WORDS FROM deconstructionde·con·struc·tion·ist, adjective, nounde·con·struc·tive, adjective
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This was, to my knowledge, the first mechanistic deconstruction of a social behavior circuit.Catherine Dulac Finds Brain Circuitry Behind Sex-Specific Behaviors|Claudia Dreifus|December 14, 2020|Quanta Magazine
British Dictionary definitions for deconstruction
/ (ˌdiːkənˈstrʌkʃən) /
a technique of literary analysis that regards meaning as resulting from the differences between words rather than their reference to the things they stand for. Different meanings are discovered by taking apart the structure of the language used and exposing the assumption that words have a fixed reference point beyond themselves
Derived forms of deconstructiondeconstructionist, noun, adjective
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