con·​struc·​tion·​ist | \ kən-ˈstrək-sh(ə-)nist \

Definition of constructionist

: one who construes a legal document (such as the U.S. Constitution) in a specific way a strict constructionist

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Some of those strict constructionists have not always been predictable. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Trump's judges are flexing their muscles, from civil rights to campaign spending," 6 May 2018 Bychkov even surpassed the strict-constructionist Muti in his faithfulness to the score’s wide dynamic range, in his elastic shaping of pages in which frenzied dramatic statements give way to lush melodies and tender pastoral moods. John Von Rhein,, "Semyon Bychkov electrifies Orchestra Hall with blazing CSO account of Tchaikovsky's 'Manfred'," 4 May 2018 Miller being a staunch constructionist—and still have no idea what hit you. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "All My Sons joins the pantheon of Court Theatre’s great tragedies," 24 Jan. 2018 Thomas is a conservative and a strict constructionist who supports states' rights. CNN, "In rare interview, Clarence Thomas calls Gorsuch 'outstanding'," 2 Nov. 2017 A strict constructionist, as a general matter, holds that the Constitution’s reach is limited to the document’s literal text as it was written in 1789 or added to in subsequent amendments. Michael Doyle, Orange County Register, "Trump to name Supreme Court nominee this week," 29 Jan. 2017 A strict constructionist might say that is the end of the story: Absolute priority applies only when there is a settlement plan in place. Stephen J. Lubben, New York Times, "Deciding Who Should Get First Dibs in Bankruptcy Liquidations," 6 Dec. 2016

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1838, in the meaning defined above

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