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

: 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

History and Etymology for noscitur a sociis

Latin, it is known by its associates

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“Noscitur a sociis.” The Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/noscitur%20a%20sociis. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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