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in·ten·tion·al·ism

 (ĭn-tĕn′shə-nə-lĭz′əm)
n.
The belief or assumption that the meanings of a text are determined mainly by the stated or implied intentions of the author.

in·ten′tion·al·ist adj. & n.
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The Migratory Bird Treaty Act has been in the spotlight over recent years as the laws language has been expanded beyond its original intent over disputes of incidental or intentional take of protected bird species.
Statement of Objects and Reasons of the bill says, 'It is necessary and expedient to amend the National Command Authority Act-2010 to provide more clearly that the Federal Government shall ensure provision of funds and to further reiterate the original intent of the NCA Ordinance 2007 and NCA Act-2010 that the employees in service of the Authority are not civil servants and that legal relationship of the Authority with its employees is governed under the doctrine of master and servant.
Statement of Objects and Reasons of the bill says, "It is necessary and expedient to amend the National Command Authority Act-2010 to provide more clearly that the Federal Government shall ensure provision of funds and to further reiterate the original intent of the NCA Ordinance 2007 and NCA Act-2010 that the employees in service of the Authority are not civil servants and that legal relationship of the Authority with its employees is governed under the doctrine of master and servant.
on May 18 introduced legislation that would counteract some of the harmful effects of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and restore it to its original intent.
The Road to Mass Democracy: Original Intent and the Seventeenth Amendment
A three-judge panel of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals (COSA) heard arguments for and against an appeal brought by the family of a donor who had bequeathed property to Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and who say the university is not following the donor's original intent in regard to development plans.
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Referrals to the original intent site will help get this important subject of cultural Marxism, as well as other important subjects, such as Christian values, out.
The original intent of the lotion was to decontaminate skin after exposure to chemical warfare agents and T-2 toxin.
NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer feels the appellate ruling upholds the law's original intent, noting that any attacker in retreat can easily turn and reinitiate the assault.
He distinguishes "original intent," "original understanding," and "original meaning" at the beginning of his discussion, but soon after collapses them all into "original intent," as if the vigorous debate--especially within the originalist camp--of the last two decades has done nothing to clarify, enrich, or build upon Edwin Meese's original call in 1985 for a "jurisprudence of original intent.
The Bush administration's regulations changed the meaning of TSRA policies and weakened the original intent to promote agriculture trade between the U.