Definition of originalism
- Some judges believe the best way to interpret the Constitution … lies in an approach called originalism. The judges who follow this approach look to history to discover what those who wrote the Constitution most likely thought about the content and scope of a constitutional phrase, and they interpret the phrase accordingly.
- —Stephen Breyer
- The main point of originalism, which has driven conservative legal theory for a generation, is that the Constitution does not evolve.
- —Garrett Epps
originalistplay \ə-ˈri-jə-nə-list, -ˈrij-nə-\ adjective
- an originalist judge
- But White does not usually subscribe to the originalist school of interpretation which sacralizes the Founding Fathers and the text of the Constitution as the fount of wisdom.
- —Rhonda Copelon
originalistnoun, plural originalists
- Originalists attempt to discern the original meaning of a legal document—most frequently the Constitution.
- —Marc O. DeGirolami