broad interpretation
The interpretation of a constitutional or statutory provision that applies the original intent, purpose, and spirit of the writing to circumstances that are not specifically addressed by the constitution or statute. Also called liberal construction.
+ liberal construction n. A loose or expansive interpretation of a statute or writing, as opposed to a strict or literal construction.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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