Narrow construction



A theory of interpretation of the Constitution that holds that the courts, particularly the Supreme Court, should be bound by the exact words of the Constitution, or by the original intent of the framers of the Constitution, or a combination of both. (Compare broad construction.)

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  • Narrower

    [nar-oh] /ˈnær oʊ/ adjective, narrower, narrowest. 1. of little breadth or width; not broad or wide; not as wide as usual or expected: a narrow path. 2. limited in extent or space; affording little room: narrow quarters. 3. limited in range or scope: a narrow sampling of public opinion. 4. lacking breadth of view or […]

  • Narrow escape

    A barely successful flight from or avoidance of danger or trouble, as in He had a narrow escape, since the bullet came within inches of his head. This expression uses narrow in the sense of “barely sufficient.” [ Late 1500s ] For a newer synonym, see close call



  • Narrowest

    [nar-oh] /ˈnær oʊ/ adjective, narrower, narrowest. 1. of little breadth or width; not broad or wide; not as wide as usual or expected: a narrow path. 2. limited in extent or space; affording little room: narrow quarters. 3. limited in range or scope: a narrow sampling of public opinion. 4. lacking breadth of view or […]

  • Narrow-fisted

    [nar-oh-fis-tid] /ˈnær oʊˈfɪs tɪd/ adjective 1. .



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