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A broad interpretation of the Constitution would be one that allows a considerable amount of flexibility. A narrow interpretation would tend to interpret the laws in the most literal sense. Anti-Federalists like Thomas Jefferson favored a strict interpretation, and were against loose interpretation because it meant stepping outside the boundaries, and assuming more power than had been granted. The Federalists, on the other hand, favored a more ambiguous interpretation that would allow to the government to assume additional power when needed.

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The strict constructionists wants to follow the Constitution down to the letter, in accordance with what the founding meant the terms to mean. The loose constructionists want to incorporate changes to society into the interpretation of the Constitution.


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