Definition of textualism
- Justice Scalia of the United States Supreme Court has championed an approach called textualism. Scalia and others argue that legislative history should rarely be relevant, in essence advocating sentence meaning over speaker's meaning. To be more exact, textualism claims that it does try to discover the intent of the legislature, but limits this inquiry to the text of the statute itself.
- —Peter M. Tiersma
textualistplay \ˈteks-chə-wə-list, -chə-list\ adjective
- a textualist interpretation
textualistnoun, plural textualists
- Textualists focus on the meaning of words and eschew more abstract inquiries about the law's purposes.
- —Marc O. DeGirolami