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construe (something) as (something)

To view or interpret something in a particular way Although I believe that he's innocent, I can see how one could easily be construe his actions as a crime.
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construe something as something

to interpret something to mean something. Please do not construe this as criticism. We mistakenly construed her comments as positive.
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Axiological proximisation is a forced construal of a gathering ideological conflict between the 'home values' of DS central entities, IDCs and the 'alien' antagonistic values of the ODCs, which occupy the conceptual periphery of the DS.
Based on construal level theory, the finding hinted that bilinguals were likely to adopt concrete low-level construals through rich, direct, detailed context when thinking about undocumented immigration issues, while non-bilinguals adopted high-level construals with general decontext mental presentations.
1996), "The influence of cultural individualism-collectivism, self construals, and individual values on communication styles across cultures", Human communication research, Vol.
Consumer response to brand extensions: Construal level as a moderator of the importance of perceived fit.
However, qualitative analyses within the same studies have shown that meaning construal also depends on language external factors, such as cognitive strategies in processing idiomatic language and various aspects of experi ence.
2011), there are two construal levels, which are the high and low construal levels.
Finally, to test whether political endorsements by political figures and idols belong to different construal levels, participants assessed the political information provided by the endorser using a seven-point scale adapted from Kim et al.
According to attentional tuning theory, an abstract construal generally enhances creativity (Friedman & Forster, 2010).
How verb tense affects the construal of action: The simple past tense leads people into an abstract mindset
37), "the loss of control [here] counts as an infringement of the sphere of potency, thus opening the way for a dative construal.
Individuals in a negative mood prefer indulgent foods to healthy foods because a negative mood invokes proximal, concrete construal (something imminent occurring; e.
This hypothesis leads him to a second, that construal reconfigurations effected in subtitling display patterns that can be extracted and categorized by using constructs developed under the cognitive paradigm.
Building on construal level theory, we argue that the impact of an opportunity's desirability and feasibility on evaluation and exploitation intentions varies systematically with temporal distance.
This paper aims at determining whether law-regulated pro-environmental beliefs and behaviors (a) have acquired social value in Brazil, as they have in Europe and (b) pertain to two different construal levels, which could help explain the persistent belief-behavior gap in the environmental field.
Differences in construal level have implications for future planning: in another study, students indicated greater willingness to engage in an interesting but difficult academic activity when it was temporally distant than when it was temporally close.