original intent
original intent n
1: the actual aim or purpose esp. of the framers of the U.S. Constitution
2: a conservative theory in constitutional law: only those guarantees intended by the framers and set forth in the text of the Constitution are valid compare judicial restraint

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

original intent
The theory of interpretation by which judges attempt to ascertain the meaning of a particular provision of a state or federal constitution by determining how the provision was understood at the time it was drafted and ratified.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


original intent
The theory of interpretation by which judges attempt to ascertain the meaning of a particular provision of a state or federal constitution by determining how the provision was understood at the time it was drafted and ratified.

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