1. preventive strike a strike that is carried out in order to deter expected aggression by hostile forces
  2. reconstruction the activity of building something again
  3. self-destruction the act of destroying yourself
  4. Reconstruction the period after the American Civil War when the southern states were reorganized and reintegrated into the Union; 1865-1877
  5. private instructor a person who gives private instruction
  6. operating instructions a manual usually accompanying a technical device and explaining how to install or operate it
  7. prolonged interrogation a form of psychological torture inflicted by questioning the victim for hours
  8. destruction an event that completely ruins something
  9. course of instruction education imparted in a series of lessons or meetings
  10. weapon of mass destruction a weapon that kills or injures civilian as well as military personnel (nuclear and chemical and biological weapons)
  11. book of instructions a manual usually accompanying a technical device and explaining how to install or operate it
  12. deconstruction a philosophical theory of criticism (usually of literature or film) that seeks to expose deep-seated contradictions in a work by delving below its surface meaning
  13. construction the act of building something
  14. hypersensitivity reaction an inappropriate and excessive reaction to an allergen
  15. instruction activities that impart knowledge or skill
  16. restriction an act of limiting
  17. misconstruction a kind of misinterpretation resulting from putting a wrong construction on words or actions (often deliberately)
  18. road construction the construction of roads
  19. tenement district a residential district occupied primarily with tenement houses
  20. macro instruction a single computer instruction that results in a series of instructions in machine language