verb (used with object)

  1. to break down into constituent parts; dissect; dismantle.

verb (tr)

  1. to apply the theories of deconstruction to (a text, film, etc)
  2. to expose or dismantle the existing structure in (a system, organization, etc)

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

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