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A person who construes a legal text or document in a specified way: a strict constructionist.


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) US a person who interprets constitutional law in a certain way, esp strictly


(kənˈstrʌk ʃə nɪst)

a person who construes or interprets, esp. laws or a constitution, in a specified manner: a strict constructionist.
con•struc′tion•ism, n.


a person who puts a particular interpretation on provisions of the U.S. Constitution, especially those provisions dealing with the rights of individuals and states.
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Sadly, it is difficult for me to be optimistic about the prospect of the electorate choosing a president who will adhere to a strict constructionist view of our Constitution in the fashion of Coolidge.
President Bush has cited him, along with Clarence Thomas, as the sort of strict constructionist he'd like to see on the bench.
McCormick raises the problem of color and gender blindness in constructionist strategies, arguing that this can "create a context which continues to favor the dominant group" and undermines "certain efforts which may be needed to realize equalization of educational opportunities" (47).
In this, I am a traditionalist and a strict constructionist.
It should be noted that our approach is decidedly constructionist rather than constructivist.
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The myopic limitations of the constructionist position--gayness is not essential and humans are inherently "fluid" or bisexual--are lushly exposed, at least to my somewhat biased essentialist perspective.
This is neither a realist nor an antirealist but a constructionist view of information.

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