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an interpretation of something not totally clear. To determine construction of a statute or constitution is to decide the meaning of an ambiguous part of it.
LIBERAL [EQUITABLE] CONSTRUCTION a liberal construction expands the meaning of a statute or provision to give broad effect to its purposes so as to encompass circumstances clearly within the spirit if not the letter of the statute. Statutes which are intended to be remedial in purpose are generally accorded a liberal construction so as to meet the evils which the statute was intended to remedy
STRICT [LITERAL] CONSTRUCTION a conservative or literal interpretation of statutes, stressing rigid adherence to terms specified.
Source: Barron's Dictionary of Legal Terms, Steven H. Gifis, 5th Edition; © 2016