[ uhn-ree-kuh n-struhk-tid ]
/ ˌʌn ri kənˈstrʌk tɪd /


stubbornly maintaining earlier positions, beliefs, etc.; not adjusted to new or current situations: an unreconstructed conservative.
U.S. History. (of Southern states) not accepting the conditions for reinstatement in the Union after the Civil War.

Origin of unreconstructed

1865–70, Americanism; un-1 + reconstructed
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British Dictionary definitions for unreconstructed


/ (ˌʌnriːkənsˈtrʌktɪd) /


mainly US unwilling to accept social and economic change, as exemplified by those White Southerners who refused to accept the Reconstruction after the Civil War
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Word Origin and History for unreconstructed



1867, "not reconciled to the outcome of the American Civil War," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of reconstruct. See Reconstruction.

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