strict adherence to a text, especially of the Scriptures.
Law. the doctrine that a legal document or statute should be interpreted by determining the relatively objective ordinary meaning of its words and phrases, without regard to historical context or legislative history: Textualism holds, that when applying the law, the words of the Constitution itself are to be the final authority.: See also originalism.
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How to use textualism in a sentence
While textualism can’t really answer the question of how to read the CFAA, there are profound practical reasons to prefer Barrett’s approach to Thomas’s.The Supreme Court hands down very good news for pretty much everyone who uses a computer | Ian Millhiser | June 4, 2021 | Vox
Bork's textualism was also not likely to overturn a ton of democratically created laws.
British Dictionary definitions for textualism
doctrinaire adherence to a text, esp of the Bible
textual criticism, esp of the Bible
- textualist, noun, adjective
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