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MEAN. This word is sometimes used for mesne. (q.v.)

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"That remark, 'Smith couldn't get on without his trouble and strife,' meant that Smith found his wife indispensable."
In other words, the working woman with two kids is not meant to be Mother Teresa: She is meant to be a woman who loves her children, loves her husband, loves her friends and coworkers, and finds meaning in her own world.
That is, they also meant that government should step back so religious people and groups could be free to practice their faiths as they chose.
"Nauseous once meant 'causing nausea" but has come to mean 'affected by nausea.' ...
Within a faith perspective the theologian may also claim that this was what the inspired texts really meant, even though their writers and first interpreters were totally unaware of it.
Critical thinking is involved in ascertaining what President Wilson meant by the concept democracy.
He clearly meant it to sting--a not-so-veiled suggestion that the reporter was a member of the effete liberal class that was responsible for all that's wrong with American politics.
(6) Jerome's rationale for his three versions of tsammah, his seemin g belief that it meant female genitalia as explained in his Latin commentary on the book of Isaiah ad locum, is the target of fray Luis' critique, which will be examined below.
I wrote in my diary, "Algeria has become saturated with religious symbols." I meant to remind myself of the official as well as the individual references to God, the sudden concern among friends and acquaintances for the validity of their daily activities measured against this or that Tradition.
We have had to continue to lift ourselves beyond what we thought America meant. Our ideals were never meant to be frozen in stone or time.
I know that they meant that trust is important in medical relationships and that acute symptoms often do not tell the whole story.