last antecedent rule

noun

Legal Definition of last antecedent rule

: a doctrine in the interpretation of statutes: qualifying words or phrases refer only to the last antecedent word or phrase unless the context or entire act clearly requires otherwise

called also last antecedent doctrine

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“Last antecedent rule.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/last%20antecedent%20rule. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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