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verb (used with object), re·in·stat·ed, re·in·stat·ing.
  1. 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 formsre·in·state·ment, re·in·sta·tion, nounre·in·sta·tor, nounnon·re·in·state·ment, nounun·re·in·stat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. (tr) to restore to a former rank or condition
Derived Formsreinstatement, nounreinstator, 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.

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