Literal Construction

Literal Construction

The determination by a court of the meaning of the language of a document by an examination of only the actual words used in it, without any consideration of the intent of the parties who signed the writing except for the fact that they chose the language now in dispute.

Cross-references

Canons of Construction.

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Thus, under a literal construction of [section] 544(a), the answer to the question "Does the estate representative have authority to assert that claim?
51) Giving [section] 544(a) its most logical and most sensible and literal construction by applying its language as written, therefore, serves the goal of maintaining uniformity of rights inside and outside of bankruptcy.
In a lead ruling unanimously agreed by the four other judges, Lord Reed said: "The error of the Court of Appeal in these cases lies, in my opinion, in adopting a literal construction of Chapter 2 (of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003), and applying it to a correspondingly formal analysis of the facts.
These southern Chinese women--who did indeed play a role in the literal construction of Singapore as labourers on building sites in both colonial and post-colonial times--have since been, in a sense, re-invented as pioneers, exemplary workers and figures representing what might be called the "human story" of migration --the uprooting, travelling, adaptation to the initially unfamiliar and difficult life in Singapore, and the settling into a routine of hard labour, often extending into quite old age.
To see the story's many power poles in this light is to see the boys' neighbourhood as Ngapo's literal construction of a marae.
In her private lair, the unnamed woman is engaged in the literal construction of a twin or shadow of herself, a libidinal surrogate integrated into a fractured personal mythology.
New architectural endeavors, whether residential, commercial, retail or industrial, entail the literal construction of a concept--a brand that integrates with the structure itself, blurring the line between the architecture and the brand which it represents.
It is the gap that compels the reader to create something from a text that is more than a literal construction of the meaning of words.
Today Lisbon is building new bridges to the future, from the literal construction of the Vasco da Gama Bridge across the River Tejo to the extensive modernisation that started with Expo '98.
As Barzan observes, Numenius seems to divorce the Platonic Demiurge and the God of Aristotle, while Plotinus upholds the unity of Nous; but should we rest content with the assumption that Numenius' metaphysics (unlike Plato's) can be deduced from the most literal construction of his myths?
Visually and often in terms of its literal construction, it stands at the threshold of transformation, if not disintegration.
Mike Childress' Navigation Paintings deal with a sort of double sight - as "both diagram and landscape" they are abstract and literal constructions of space and movement.