narrow construction

strict construction (narrow construction)

n. interpreting the Constitution based on a literal and narrow definition of the language without reference to the differences in conditions when the Constitution was written and modern conditions, inventions, and societal changes. By contrast "broad construction" looks to what someone thinks was the "intent" of the framers' language and expands and interprets the language extensively to meet current standards of human conduct and complexity of society. (See: Constitution)

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But I thought - I implore you to remember the narrow construction which has been my besetting sin - that, in a case where there was so much disparity in point of years -'
Slow down, watch for temporary traffic patterns, and allow fellow motorists to safely merge into narrow construction zones.
Terex claims that the Explorer 5500's petite dimensions make it ideal for use inside cities and narrow construction sites.
The Court wrote that this narrow construction made the exclusion internally consistent because it also applies to items that are "processed," "fabricated," "manufactured," or "incorporated into" one another.
The lateral rotation of up to 60 degrees allows for side digging, which makes SV100-1 ideal for urban areas and narrow construction sites in general.
This narrow construction ignores the comprehensive nature of family planning, which is central to women and children's health before, during and after pregnancy.
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In furtherance of that goal, the federal courts, following the Supreme Court's lead, have given ERISA's civil remedies provisions a narrow construction.
The narrow construction of " rape" made out under Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code -- with sexual intercourse involving penile penetration of the vagina being read as a necessary criterion -- has ensured that countless perpetrators of sexual assault have escaped the stringent punishment that a case made out as rape would entail.
The Eighth Circuit found that the Ninth Circuit had come to its conclusion in Boise Cascade by improperly giving a narrow construction to the phrase "in connection with" in Sec.
Faro strongly believes that this narrow construction, while allowing the '148 claims to be confirmed valid over the aforementioned references in the first reexamination, will prevent the California District Court from ruling that Faro's products infringe the '148 claims.
com); "IT Group Seeks Change in Domestic Production Activities Deduction Rules," 2005 TNT 63-45 (March 31, 2005) (comments of Information Technology Association of America); "Attorneys Address Treatment of Software Under Domestic Production Activities Provision," 2005 TNT 72-24 (March 31, 2005) (comments of Software Coalition) ("Software Coalition Comments"); "Software Groups Object to Narrow Construction of Manufacturing Deduction," 2005 TNT 77-31 (March 31, 20051 (comments of Software & Information Industry Association and TechNet).