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Abstract

There is now some consensus that the context of a statutory term plays a crucial part in its meaning. The argument continues, however, over what "kinds of context ... matter." Building on scholarship that addresses the wide range of contexts that contribute to legal meaning, this Article illuminates two factors crucial to interpreting legal language: the social nature of meaning-making and the practical nature of interpretive competence. I locate my inquiry in the judicial review of agency statutory interpretation, a particularly fruitful arena for analyzing statutory interpretation more generally.

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