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Strict and Loose Constructionists

By Levi Clancy for Student Reader on

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Strict constructionists and loose constructionists have differing views about the appropriate role of the courts. Strict constructions use debates amongst the founding fathers to determine the meaning of the Constitution. As a result, strict constructionists tend to be very consistent and inflexible. They believe the Constitution is not a living document. Conversely, loose constructionists believe in looking at the framers' debates, but also take into account societal changes, governmental changes and even rulings in foreign countries. Loose constructionists believe the Constitution is a living document that changes as society changes.