purposivism – texts are to be interpreted to achieve the social, economic, and political objectives that drafters had in mind

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1. The doctrine that texts are to be interpreted to achieve the broad purposes that their drafters had in mind; specifically, the idea that a judge-interpreter should seek an answer not only in the words of the text but also in its social, economic, and political objectives; (broadly) MISCHIEF RULE. — purpoosivist, adj. & n. [1]


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4

[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations Third Edition by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931

[3]:  Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition
by Jack Ballantine 
(James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.


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