constructionist

constructionist
constructionist 1844, in reference to the U.S. Constitution, from CONSTRUCTION (Cf. construction) + -IST (Cf. -ist). Usually with strict or loose.

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  • Constructionist — Con*struc tion*ist, n. One who puts a certain construction upon some writing or instrument, as the Constitutions of the United States; as, a strict constructionist; a broad constructionist. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • constructionist — n. A person who interprets a law, especially the Constitution, in a particular way. (2) Building houses and other structures. The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008 …   Law dictionary

  • constructionist — [kən struk′shənist] n. [see CONSTRUCTION, sense 4] a person who interprets, or believes in interpreting, a law, document, etc. in a specified way …   English World dictionary

  • constructionist — noun Date: 1838 one who construes a legal document (as the United States Constitution) in a specific way < a strict constructionist > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • constructionist — constructionism, n. /keuhn struk sheuh nist/, n. a person who construes or interprets, esp. laws or the like, in a specific manner: a strict constructionist. [1835 45; CONSTRUCTION + IST] * * * …   Universalium

  • constructionist — con•struc•tion•ist [[t]kənˈstrʌk ʃə nɪst[/t]] n. a person who construes or interprets, esp. laws or a constitution, in a specified manner: a strict constructionist[/ex] • Etymology: 1835–45 con•struc′tion•ism, n …   From formal English to slang

  • constructionist — shənə̇st noun ( s) : one who construes an instrument (as the United States Constitution) in a specific way the Soviet Union, abandoning its usual strict constructionist position, urged a broad interpretation of what constitutes “states directly… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Constructionist design methodology — The Constructionist Design Methodology (CDM) was developed by artificial intelligence (AI) researcher Kristinn R. Thórisson and his students at Columbia University and Reykjavik University for use in the development of cognitive robotics,… …   Wikipedia

  • constructionist — 1. adjective Of, pertaining to, or advocating constructionism. 2. noun An advocate of constructionism …   Wiktionary

  • constructionist — n. interpreter, commentator …   English contemporary dictionary

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