a person who construes or interprets, especially laws or the like, in a specific manner: a strict constructionist.

1835–45; construction + -ist

constructionism, noun Unabridged
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constructionist (kənˈstrʌkʃənɪst)
(US) a person who interprets constitutional law in a certain way, esp strictly

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1844, in ref. to the U.S. Constitution, from construction, usually with strict or loose .
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Example sentences
It's sometimes called textualism or strict constructionism, though they aren't exactly the same thing.
Although strict constructionism is not the same as conservatism, the two philosophies often coincide.
The result has been the emergence of social constructionism.
Grounded in second-order cybernetics and social constructionism, this model emphasizes the group as a linguistic system.
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