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construe

v. to determine the meaning of the words of a written document, statute or legal decision, based upon rules of legal interpretation as well as normal meanings.

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Mr Chaudhry said that as a democratic worker and parliamentarian he always ventured to uphold the Constitution, adding that the apex court being the custodian of the fundamental rights was a symbol of utmost respect for him and he firmly believed that he had never intentionally or unintentionally committed any action which might be construed as contempt of this court.
Of course, a very similar line drawing occurs in the context of litigating patent validity, in which claim elements, construed as a matter of law, are compared to prior art to determine whether the prior art teaches or "anticipates" the claim element as a question of fact.
Because here the Convention, an implemented treaty, rather than the Convention Act, supersedes state law, the [MFA's] provision that 'no Act of Congress' shall be construed to supersede state law regulating the business of insurance is inapplicable." [725]
Both the IRS and the courts have defined income as broadly as possible; exclusions are narrowly construed and have generally been limited to those specified in the Internal Revenue Code.
"Order Words Passwords" could be construed as being critical of media consumerism through artistic irony.
The federal law does have language stating, "Nothing in this Act shall be construed to ...
State power, by contrast, must be narrowly construed and strictly limited.
The closing letter to the parties also pointed out that the FTC's closing of the probe should not be "construed as a determination that a violation may not have occurred, just as the pendency of an investigation should not be construed as a determination that a violation has occurred."
Interpreted broadly, the standard could be construed to cover pharmacists who refuse to dispense birth-control pills.
In other words, the government's thinking--with which we agree--is that for purposes of Circular 230 "employer" is to be construed broadly to include entities beyond the employee's W-2 employer and even beyond the affiliated group of corporations of which the employee's W-2 employer is a part.
Personal services might be construed narrowly, as in the context of a specialized service performed by an individual for the personal benefit of another, such as the services of a doctor or a lawyer, or in the context of professional services, such as those listed in Sec.
That should not be construed, however, as giving Greenspan a backhanded voice in the details of the Administration's economic planning.