strict construction

Definition of "strict construction"
  1. A narrow interpretation of a legal provision based on its literal or historical meaning, often focused on understanding the intent of those who wrote the law
How to use "strict construction" in a sentence
  1. The law was held under strict construction to adhere to the original language of the bill.
  2. In understanding the statute, the judge favored a strict construction method.
  3. The dispute was settled using the principle of strict construction, focusing on the written language of the contract.

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