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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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For example, I myself should have hesitated, at such a season of rejoicing, to seem proud, even though excessive deference and civility at such a moment might have been construed as a lapse both of moral courage and of mental vigour.
(a) references to this Constitution or to the provisions thereof shall be construed as references to the Constitution or the provisions thereof as applied in relation to the said State;
Indianexpress.com islamabad In an affidavit submitted to the apex court, the government said, "The monitoring of the progress by PMO of this Government to Government process cannot be construed as interference or parallel negotiations." The 'monitoring of progress' of the contentious Rafale deal by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) cannot be 'construed as interference or parallel negotiations', the Centre told the Supreme Court on Saturday, news agency ANI reported.
Short of tendering an apology, Tallal Chaudhry in a three-page reply, to which he called 'interim', said he honestly believed that he had neither uttered anything nor acted in a manner which might be construed as causing obstruction of the process of the court in any way, or that any order of the court had been disobeyed.
Assignment to a general officer position should not be construed as the Senate's consent of promotion nomination, and there will be no action to frock or promote until Senate confirmation.
The closing letter to the parties also pointed out that the FTC's closing of the probe should not be "construed as a determination that a violation may not have occurred, just as the pendency of an investigation should not be construed as a determination that a violation has occurred."
In some parts of the country, that might be construed as violating the separation of church and state.
(However, a pattern of payments to certain shareholders could be construed as a binding agreement relating to distribution and liquidation proceeds.)
I would conclude that it is proof of Einstein's proposal that gravity is due to the bending of space around a massive object, but I fail to see how this can be construed as an indication of the speed of gravity.
39, which states, "A reference to God in the Pledge of Allegiance or on United States currency shall not be construed as affecting the establishment of religion under the first article of this Constitution." The measure currently has no cosponsors.
"Our position on domestic-partner benefits should not be construed as any form of discrimination," said Suzanne Apple, Home Depot's vice president of community affairs, to gay newspaper Southern Voice.
What's significant are the appellate court's statements that an insurer's conduct during or after litigation also can be construed as bad faith.
If human consciousness is construed as ultimate consciousness, wherefore do we seek, strive, and find?
Indeed, UNUM's payout could be construed as "an amount paid or credited where the amount is not fixed in the contract but depends on the experience of the company or the discretion of management."