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practical construction n
1 : the interpretation of the terms of a contract as shown by the performance of the parties that may be used by the court to help determine the intent of the parties
: the doctrine that permits such a method of discerning intent compare course of performance
2 : interpretation of a statute or document in a manner that does not defeat its purpose esp. when a strict interpretation would produce clearly unintended or absurd results
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.