construction

construction
Interpretation of statute, regulation, court decision or other legal authority. The process, or the art, of determining the sense, real meaning, or proper explanation of obscure, complex or ambiguous terms or provisions in a statute, written instrument, or oral agreement, or the application of such subject to the case in question, by reasoning in the light derived from extraneous connected circumstances or laws or writings bearing upon the same or a connected matter, or by seeking and applying the probable aim and purpose of the provision. Drawing conclusions respecting subjects that lie beyond the direct expression of the term. The process of bringing together and correlating a number of independent entities, so as to form a definite entity. The creation of something new, as distinguished from the repair or improvement of something already existing. The act of fitting an object for use or occupation in the usual way, and for some distinct purpose.
- literal construction or interpretation
- statutory construction
@ equitable construction
A construction of a law, rule, or remedy which has regard more to the equities of the particular transaction or state of affairs involved than to the strict application of the rule or remedy; that is, a liberal and extensive construction, as opposed to a literal and restrictive.
See also strict and liberal construction.
@ strict and liberal construction
strict and liberal construction
Strict (or literal) construction is construction of a statute or other instrument according to its letter, which recognizes nothing that is not expressed, takes the language used in its exact and technical meaning, and admits no equitable considerations or implications. Liberal (or equitable) construction, on the other hand, expands the meaning of the statute to meet cases which are clearly within the spirit or reason of the law, or within the evil which it was designed to remedy, provided such an interpretation is not inconsistent with the language used. It resolves all reasonable doubts in favor of the applicability of the statute to the particular case. It means, not that the words should be forced out of their natural meaning, but simply that they should receive a fair and reasonable interpretation with respect to the objects and purposes of the instrument.
See also equitable construction;
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  • construction — [ kɔ̃stryksjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1130; lat. constructio, de construere → construire 1 ♦ Action de construire. ⇒ assemblage, édification, érection. La construction d une maison, d un mur. Un immeuble en construction, en train d être construit (⇒ chantier) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • construction — con·struc·tion /kən strək shən/ n: the act or result of construing, interpreting, or explaining meaning or effect (as of a statute or contract) the construction placed upon an agreement J. D. Calamari and J. M. Perillo Merriam Webster’s… …   Law dictionary

  • construction — con‧struc‧tion [kənˈstrʌkʆn] noun 1. [uncountable] PROPERTY the activity of building houses, apartments, offices, factories, roads etc: • Share prices of construction, building materials and property investment companies were particularly hard… …   Financial and business terms

  • construction — CONSTRUCTION. s. f. Action de construire. On a interrompu la construction de ce bâtiment. f♛/b] Il signifie aussi l Arrangement, la disposition des parties d un bâtiment. La construction de ce Palais est parfaitement belle et solide. Cet homme là …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Construction — Con*struc tion, n. [L. constructio: cf. F. construction.] 1. The process or art of constructing; the act of building; erection; the act of devising and forming; fabrication; composition. [1913 Webster] 2. The form or manner of building or putting …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • construction — Construction. s. f. Arrangement, disposition des parties d un bastiment. La construction de ce palais est parfaitement belle & solide. cet homme là entend bien la construction des vaisseaux. Construction fig. & en termes de grammaire signifie, L… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • construction — [kən struk′shən] n. [ME construccioun < OFr construction < L constructio] 1. the act or process of constructing 2. the way in which something is constructed; manner or method of building 3. something constructed; structure; building 4. an… …   English World dictionary

  • construction — (n.) late 14c., from O.Fr. construction or directly from L. constructionem (nom. constructio), from construct , pp. stem of construere pile up together, accumulate; build, make, erect, from com together (see COM (Cf. com )) + struere to pile up… …   Etymology dictionary

  • construction — [n1] creation, building architecture, arrangement, assembly, build, cast, composition, conception, constitution, contour, cut, development, disposition, edifice, elevation, erecting, erection, fabric, fabricating, fabrication, figuration, figure …   New thesaurus

  • Construction — (v. lat.), 1) Zusammenstellung, Zusammensetzung eines Ganzen aus einzelnen Theilen; 2) organische Bildung, in Rücksicht auf ihre zweck u. gesetzmäßige Form; 3) (Gramm.), Zusammenfügung der Wörter zu einem Satze u. der einzelnen Satztheile zu… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Construction — Construction, lat., geordnete Zusammenfügung, Bau; in der Grammatik die Verbindung der Worte zu Sätzen und der Sätze zu Perioden; in der Mathematik die Darstellung der Lehrsätze durch Figuren; in der Philosophie die Entwickelung der Folgesätze… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

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