constructionist

[ kuh n-struhk-shuh-nist ]
/ kənˈstrʌk ʃə nɪst /

noun

a person who construes or interprets, especially laws or the like, in a specific manner: a strict constructionist.

Nearby words

  1. constructer,
  2. construction,
  3. construction loan,
  4. construction paper,
  5. constructional homonymity,
  6. constructive,
  7. constructive dismissal,
  8. constructive interference,
  9. constructively,
  10. constructivism

Origin of constructionist

First recorded in 1835–45; construction + -ist

Related formscon·struc·tion·ism, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for constructionism

constructionist

/ (kənˈstrʌkʃənɪst) /

noun

US a person who interprets constitutional law in a certain way, esp strictly
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Word Origin and History for constructionism

constructionist

n.

1844, in reference to the U.S. Constitution, from construction + -ist. Usually with strict or loose.

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