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constructionist

[kuh n-struhk-shuh-nist]
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noun
  1. a person who construes or interprets, especially laws or the like, in a specific manner: a strict constructionist.
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Origin of constructionist

First recorded in 1835–45; construction + -ist
Related formscon·struc·tion·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for constructionist

constructionist

noun
  1. US a person who interprets constitutional law in a certain way, esp strictly
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Word Origin and History for constructionist

n.

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

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