Definition of originalism in English:


Line breaks: ori¦gin¦al|ism
Pronunciation: /əˈrɪdʒɪnəlɪzəm


[mass noun]
1The principle or belief that the original intent of an author should be adhered to in later interpretations of a work.
1.1US Law The judicial interpretation of the constitution which aims to follow closely the original intentions of those who drafted it.
More example sentences
  • Indeed, even people inclined to agree with him find his diatribe against originalism wanting.
  • Liberals wouldn't even claim to support supply side economics, originalism, or small government.
  • Whether Gore, cynically, committed himself to originalism to make some political hay is quite besides the point.

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