expressio unius est exclusio alterius


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

Word History


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

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expressio unius est exclusio alterius


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“Expressio unius est exclusio alterius.” Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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