original intent

noun

Legal Definition of original intent

1 : the actual aim or purpose especially of the framers of the U.S. Constitution
2 : a conservative theory in constitutional law: only those guarantees intended by the framers and set forth in the text of the Constitution are valid — compare judicial restraint

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“Original intent.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/original%20intent. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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