deconstruction
noun Etymology: French déconstruction, from dé- de- + construction Date: 1973 1. a philosophical or critical method which asserts that meanings, metaphysical constructs, and hierarchical oppositions (as between key terms in a philosophical or literary work) are always rendered unstable by their dependence on ultimately arbitrary signifiers; also an instance of the use of this method <
a deconstruction of the nature-culture opposition in Rousseau's work
>
2. the analytic examination of something (as a theory) often in order to reveal its inadequacy

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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