Definition of strict construction in English:

strict construction


  • A literal interpretation of a statute or document by a court.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The implication of a retrospective effect is, in my judgment, a significant pointer against a strict construction.’
    • ‘He made a comparison with criminal statutes and submitted that an approach of strict construction is necessary.’