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noscitur a sociis

noun no·sci·tur a so·ci·is \ˈnō-si-tər-ˌā-ˈsō-sē-yəs, ˈnō-skē-ˌtu̇r-ˌä-ˈsō-kē-ˌēs\

Legal Definition of noscitur a sociis

  1. :  a doctrine or rule of construction: the meaning of an unclear or ambiguous word (as in a statute or contract) should be determined by considering the words with which it is associated in the context

Origin and Etymology of noscitur a sociis

Latin, it is known by its associates

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capable of being understood in two ways

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