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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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In the United States, a Supreme Court is classified as composed of either conservatives (strict constructionists in interpreting the law) or judicial activists (who tend to legislate from the bench).
Social constructionists (part of the constructivist family in this author's view) regard such constructing to also involve negotiating meanings with others.
According to Goode (1998), "the more high-profile views on the drug legalization issue may be crystallized out as follows: cultural conservatives, free trade libertarians, radical constructionists, progressive legalizers, and progressive prohibitionists" (p.
Reconstructionists and constructionists believe in the disinterested pursuit of knowledge regarding the past.
Social constructionists attempt to apprehend concealed constructions-essences supporting social phenomena.
What I see is that some constructionists take into account systems theory.
However, Burke emphasizes that unlike other constructionists, he believes there is more "play in the power and resistance present" (p.
The social constructionist model has been juxtaposed with what social constructionists have called an individual or medical model (Barnes, 1991; Hahn, 1985; Oliver, 1996).
Specifically, social constructionists often reject foundationalism (i.
Strict constructionists might have largely won on federal policies such as internal improvements, but they failed to restrict federal politics from dominating local political life.
The question that most sociological social constructionists are attempting to answer is, "how is this possible?

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