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1. A theory of legal interpretation emphasizing the importance of the everyday meanings of the words used in statutes.
2. Strict adherence to a text, especially of the Scriptures.
3. Textual criticism, especially of the Scriptures.

tex′tu·al·ist n.
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(ˈtɛks tʃu ə lɪst)

a person versed the Scriptures.
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He talks about the "textualist sinkhole," and that textualism as a tool is tidy yet "their clarity is won through limitation." In this way, his arguments begin as critique and end in animosity.
Friendly (1903-1986) of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit was generally a pragmatist and purposivist In construing the Internal Revenue Code (Code), however, he described himself as a textualist because of the complexity and interrelation of the Code sections as well as the interest and ability of Congress to change unwanted interpretations.
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