Definition of strict construction in English:

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strict construction

noun

Law
A literal interpretation of a statute or document by a court.
Example sentences
  • In accordance with the basic rule of statutory interpretation, a penal enactment will not be given a strict construction if other interpretive factors weigh more heavily in the scales.
  • A strict construction, such as might be adopted for ordinary taxation legislation, is inappropriate.
  • The further advantage of a strict construction was that one simply had to read the enforcement notices to discover whether the breaches which founded each enforcement notice were the same.

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