expressio unius est exclusio alterius

noun
ex·​pres·​sio uni·​us est ex·​clu·​sio al·​ter·​i·​us | \ ik-ˈspre-shē-ō-yu̇-ˈnī-əs-ˌest-ik-ˈsklü-zē-ō-ȯl-ˈtir-ē-əs, ek-ˈspre-sē-ō-ü-ˈnē-u̇s-ˌest-ek-ˈsklü-sē-ō-äl-te-ˈrē-u̇s \

Legal Definition of expressio unius est exclusio alterius

: a principle in statutory construction: when one or more things of a class are expressly mentioned others of the same class are excluded

History and Etymology for expressio unius est exclusio alterius

New Latin, the explicit mention of one (thing) is the exclusion of another

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“Expressio unius est exclusio alterius.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/expressio%20unius%20est%20exclusio%20alterius. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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