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 -'
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Diocese of Steubenville relied on Monahan and adopted an unduly narrow construction of the Florida Supreme Court opinion in Hearndon v.
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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.