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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Late Latin
Origin: construere, from Latin, 'to construct', from com- ( COM-) + struere 'to build'

construe

verb
     
con‧strue [transitive usually in passive]
to understand a remark or action in a particular way [↪ misconstrue]
construe something as something
comments that could be construed as sexist
The term can be construed in two different ways.

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