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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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Caesar may be aware of his follower's interpretive abilities, and Antony will emerge as the most adept construer in the play.
(287) The former canon instructed the construer to read the claims in light of the specification, while the latter cautioned the construer against reading limitations from the specification into the claims.
2001) (collecting six district court opinions following this reasoning, and explaining that "while the Federal Circuit has often stated that the indefiniteness inquiry is 'drawn from' the district court's role as a construer of patent claims, [it] has not expressly held that these inquiries are one and the same, nor that the indefiniteness inquiry can not involve underlying questions of fact" (citation omitted)).
In more than one sense, the stories call for readers as construers of meaning, interpreters of value systems, and suppliers of bridges over gaps in signification.
The Parisian's idea of a little joke is distinctly not Conrad's; his "moral satirical idea" is nothing less than a "study," through his superficial construers, of "the special righteousness" of purely aesthetic judgements on and constructions of humankind.
(7:282) This had the virtue not only of humility, but of transcendence of sectional ideology in the interest of imaginary unity and wholeness; perhaps both sections had been wrong, both mere construers of the Declaration.