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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of construe.


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  • He understands style to mean "which words are right for a given context" and thus the most damning indictment he can make of a writer like Denis Johnson is that "he does not respect words enough to think they should mean something," a formulation by which "meaning" in construed in the most literal, predetermined, unimaginative of ways.

    Style in Fiction

  • Intelligent Design, as normally construed, is pseudoscience.

    Attached to Strings

  • Alchemistry, as normally construed, is a primitive attempt to understand natural substances.

    Again, there is absolutely no teleology involved

  • In this nonprecedential case, the CAFC reversed almost every disputed claim term construed by the district court which was the basis for summary judgment of noningfringement.

    CAFC Chides Counsel, Court, On Claim Construction Conduct

  • Here was motive for murder -- if motive were to govern them -- far greater than might be suggested by excited conversation which listeners who could not hear a word construed into a quarrel -- listeners who bore the prisoner at the bar ill-will because he shunned them while in the lumber-camp.

    The Right of Way — Volume 01

  • The court adopted the constructions proposed by Neutral Tandem for each of the terms construed in the order.

    BN - Broadcast Newsroom-news

  • Devises, of real estate, term construed ... ... .148

    Acts and resolves passed by the General Court

  • Not globalization as it's normally construed, which is Americanization.

    The Football Election

  • One such canon declared that penal statutes had to be narrowly construed, that is, limited to the smallest possible compass their language would bear.

    A History of American Law

  • It sounds like you want the test to be narrowly construed, which is good to hear, but I fear others might read the test much more broadly.

    HLS News


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