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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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To a strict constructionist, therefore, the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is limited to those weapons defined by the word "arms" at the time the framers wrote the word.
It is based on a constructionist epistemology that presents learners with authentic and rich but incompletely defined scenarios, mirroring science in the real world.
But in the Torre de Manila and the Marcos burial cases, the Court became strictly constructionist.
From a constructionist perspective, the therapy is described as a dialogical process in which all participants (therapist and clients) engage in the joint construction of meanings, setting the limits and possibilities of the participants' actions, relations and creation of meanings (McNamee & Gergen, 1992).
The camp fostered constructionist, immersive learning with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM), and was hence called the STEAM Camp.
Floridi takes a tripartite approach to building his ethical framework, aiming at a metatheoretical, an introductory, and a constructionist goal.
This contribution adds to a constructivist and social constructionist view by considering how interwoven human meaning has become with aspects of a more than human world.
Finally, Camus, Munoz Sastre, Sorum and Mullet (2013), using the methodological framework of Information Integration theory (Anderson, 2008), showed that three of Goode's (1998) theoretical positions can be empirically found in a sample of French adults: (a) the cultural conservative position, which was endorsed by 26% of their sample, (b) the progressive advocates of legalization position (42% of the sample), and (c) the radical constructionist position (32% of the sample).
As a constructionist historian Marx coins the term the 'Asiatic Mode of Production' in Grundrisse to characterize Asiatic society as being stagnant and passive.
Jost and Kruglanski, 2002) A social constructionist method stimulates innovation.
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White privilege: Multiculturalist and Social Constructionist Approaches to Race For historical reasons, being white has provided advantages that are rooted in the oppression of non-whites.

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