Definition of loose construction in US English:

loose construction


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

    • ‘Through loose construction, the early leaders of the United States were able to improve aspects of the Constitution, which eventually improved the overall life of the American citizens.’
    • ‘Mr Watson for his part does not argue for some loose construction; it is, as I have said, for a purposive construction for which he argues.’
    • ‘In 1819, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of loose construction in the McCulloch vs. Maryland lawsuit.’
    • ‘With this legislation, tribunals are given explicit assistance in two forms, which should detract from the need to adopt a loose construction of the language.’