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[ree-in-steyt] /ˌri ɪnˈsteɪt/
verb (used with object), reinstated, reinstating.
to put back or establish again, as in a former position or state:
to reinstate the ousted chairman.
Origin of reinstate
1620-30; re- + instate
Related forms
reinstatement, reinstation, noun
reinstator, noun
nonreinstatement, noun
unreinstated, adjective Unabridged
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  • Because our culture appears to require quick reinstatement of individuals to community, the penalty is financial distress.
  • She then sued the university for reinstatement, alleging that it had violated her free-speech and due-process rights.
  • Details of the settlement with the professor, including his reinstatement, were not disclosed.
  • First, the school no longer exists, no reinstatement isn't possible.
  • He was eligible for reinstatement a year later, and returned.
  • He was given the opportunity to apply for reinstatement a year later but was in prison for tax evasion.
  • Information and forms regarding licensure by reinstatement.
British Dictionary definitions for reinstatement


(transitive) to restore to a former rank or condition
Derived Forms
reinstatement, noun
reinstator, noun
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Word Origin and History for reinstatement

1700, from reinstate + -ment. Reinstation is recorded from 1680s.



1590s, from re- + instate. Related: Reinstated; reinstating.

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