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constructive adj

: created by a legal fiction: as
a : inferred by a judicial construction or interpretation
b : not actual but implied by operation of the law [made a entry when he refused to take the opportunity for a voluntary departure "Harvard Law Review"] compare actual
con·struc·tive·ly adv

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.