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A philosophical movement and theory of literary criticism that questions traditional assumptions about certainty, identity, and truth; asserts that words can only refer to other words; and attempts to demonstrate how statements about any text subvert their own meanings.

de′con·struc′tive adj.
de′con·struc′tion·ism n.
de′con·struc′tion·ist n. & adj.


of or relating to deconstruction
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Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani said in his remark to the assembly that independent media outlets play a role in spreading deconstructive thoughts which lure young people to dismantle national unity.
To date, behaviour thought to be indicative of causal understanding, particularly tool-use, has been mainly described as a phenomenon rather than studied as a mechanism and thus suffers from the lack of an experimentally-tested theoretical framework and deconstructive analysis.
On the other hand, deconstructive criticism involves accusing people and pointing out their faults without suggestions for improvement.
This can cause workers to represent the brand in a deconstructive way.
Kaye said that the commission would test products as they are used indoors, and would not rely on California's method of deconstructive testing.
Catabolism can be seen as the deconstructive process.
Gehry, known for his deconstructive style and buildings that sometimes appear unfinished, also designed the Stata Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Cinematheque Francaise in Paris.
His approach to these essential dimensions of human life is threefold: dialogical, deconstructive, and constructive.
It's a bit like the Lemony Snicket books, where they mess around with the idea of what a book is supposed to be like and they have a lot of literary deconstructive devices in them.
In the case of "Raut," this was played out mainly through the repeating marble motif, which served as a constructive factor as well as a deconstructive one.
Derrida's adoption of the deconstructive process generated a 'violently hostile' (8) reaction and this hostility provides one of the starting points for Glendinning, who uses the so-called 'Cambridge Affair' of 1992 to consider what is challenging or radical in Derrida's work.
Sargsyan's hostile statements once again demonstrate Yerevan's deconstructive and militaristic approach, which harms the negotiations, Abdullayev said.