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textualist

[ teks-choo-uh-list ]
/ ˈtɛks tʃu ə lɪst /
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noun
a person who adheres closely to a text, especially of the Scriptures.
a person who is well versed in the text of the Scriptures.
Law. a person who adheres to the doctrine that a legal document or statute should be interpreted by determining the relatively objective ordinary meaning of its words and phrases: Justice Hugo Black took a literal reading of the Bill of Rights, leading to his reputation as a textualist.
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Origin of textualist

First recorded in 1620–30; textual + -ist
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