from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person who construes a legal text or document in a specified way: a strict constructionist.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or advocating constructionism.
- n. An advocate of constructionism.
- n. One who puts a certain construction upon some writing or instrument, such as the United States Constitution.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who puts a certain construction upon some writing or instrument, as the Constitutions of the United States.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who construes or interprets law or the terms of an agreement, etc.: generally with a limiting adjective.
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The difference between an activist judge and a strict constructionist is not necessarily the decisions they arrive at, but how they came to those decisions.
Rudy's new mantra, I am a strict constructionist, which is another way of saying conservative standard-bearers like Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito are Rudy's kind of guys.
and his so-called constructionist efforts of the constitution are nothing but a thinly disguised attempt to roll back civil rights for women and people of color.
Dr. Bruckman's research applies the "constructionist" philosophy of education -- learning through design and construction activities on personally meaningful projects -- to the design of online communities.
(Again, see "constructionist" for a general idea of where I stand vis Constitutional language).
My prediction: Rudy will come out with some bullshit about seeing the light and appointing "constructionist" judges, and the religiosos will say hallelujah.
Let's not think inside the box; that would be "constructionist" and letting oneself be ruled by assumptions.
As a computational physicist IRL, I am very sad to hear that people still believe in this kind of constructionist nonsense.
He comes at the [issue of life] as a strict constructionist, which is what I believe, "Brownback said.
I think he’s trying to be an incredibly strict constructionist, which isn’t necessarily bad.