noscitur a sociis


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

Word History


Latin, it is known by its associates

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“Noscitur a sociis.” Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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