The constitution of the United States is to receive a reasonable interpretation of its language, and its powers…




The constitution of the United States is to receive a reasonable interpretation of its language, and its powers…

The constitution of the United States is to receive a reasonable interpretation of its language, and its powers… --Joseph Story

The constitution of the United States is to receive a reasonable interpretation of its language, and its powers, keeping in view the objects and purposes, for which those powers were conferred. By a reasonable interpretation, we mean, that in case the words are susceptible of two different senses, the one strict, the other more enlarged, that should be adopted, which is most consonant with the apparent objects and intent of the Constitution.

Joseph Story

Year: 1833
Context: Commentaries on the Constitution
Tags: Constitution, interpretation, language, powers, purposes, reasonable, strict, susceptible



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