1871 in linguistics, 1890 in psychology, 1933 in the general sense of "anything constructed;" from construct (v.), with altered pronunciation to distinguish noun from verb (as with produce, detail, etc.).
early 15c., from Latin constructus, past participle of construere "pile up together, accumulate; build, make, erect," from com "with, together" (see com-) + struere "to pile up" (from PIE *streu-, extended form of root *stere- "to spread"). Related: Constructed; constructing.
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