One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
adjective & adverbLaw
1Of or as the same kind.
- ‘Mr Evans on behalf of the defendant would say that it should be construed eiusdem generis.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘References to "other" and "otherwise" shall not be construed eiusdem generis where a wider construction is possible.’
- 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.
- ‘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’.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’’
- ‘He relies upon the ejusdem generis principle coupled with the statutory history which dates back to 1855.’
- ‘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].’
- ‘By use of the term ‘prevention by illness’ and a ejusdem generis construction is, in substance, what has occurred.’
- ‘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.’
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