Definition of ejusdem generis in English:

ejusdem generis

(also eiusdem generis)

adjective & adverb

Law
  • 1Of or as the same kind.

    • ‘References to "other" and "otherwise" shall not be construed eiusdem generis where a wider construction is possible.’
    • ‘There are various possibilities: that they are to be construed eiusdem generis.’
    • ‘The competing possibilities on 8.2.3 are these: firstly, that the words ‘any act’ are to be construed, as it were, ejusdem generis, that is, it means any act attended by fault, because every other expression in 8.2.3 is a fault expression.’
    • ‘Mr Evans on behalf of the defendant would say that it should be construed eiusdem generis.’
    1. 1.1as adjective Denoting a rule for interpreting statutes and other writings by assuming that a general term describing a list of specific terms denotes other things that are like the specific elements.
      • ‘He had based his ruling upon the absence of any reference to ‘public authority’ in the Coal Industry Nationalisation Act 1946 and the application of the ejusdem generis rule.’’
      • ‘Glidewell LJ, in a judgment with which Cresswell J agreed, applied the ejusdem generis rule to the construction of s.141 [and then he cites from that].’
      • ‘For my part I would reach that conclusion not by the rather blunt instrument of the ejusdem generis rule but from a combination of contextual indications.’
      • ‘He relies upon the ejusdem generis principle coupled with the statutory history which dates back to 1855.’
      • ‘It is impossible to discern what meaning should be attributed to ‘domestic’ using the doctrine of ejusdem generis, as these categories are inherently not ‘of the same kind’.’
      • ‘By use of the term ‘prevention by illness’ and a ejusdem generis construction is, in substance, what has occurred.’
      • ‘It is unnecessary to speculate whether the ejusdem generis rule ought to be applied to the wording of an international convention having the force of law in this country.’

Origin

Latin.

Pronunciation

ejusdem generis

/eɪˌ(j)ʊsdɛm ˈdʒɛnɛrɪs/