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NONSENSE, construction. That which in a written agreement or will is unintelligible.
     2. It is a rule of law that an instrument shall be so construed that the whole, if possible, shall stand. When a matter is written grammatically right, but it is unintelligible, and the whole makes nonsense, some words cannot be rejected to make sense of the rest; 1 Salk. 324; but when matter is nonsense by being contrary and repugnant to, some precedent sensible latter, such repugnant matter is rejected. Ib.; 15 Vin. Ab. 560; 14 Vin. Ab. 142. The maxim of the civil law on this subject agrees with this rule: Quae in testamento ita sunt scripta, ut intelligi non possent: perinde sunt, ac si scripta non essent. Dig. 50,17,73,3. Vide articles Ambiguity; Construction; Interpretation.
     3. In pleading, when matter is nonsense by being contradictory and repugnant to something precedent, the precedent matter, which is sense, shall not be defeated by the repugnancy which follows, but that which is contradictory shall be rejected; as in ejectment where the declaration is of a demise on the second day of January, and that the defendant postea scilicet, on the first of January, ejected him; here the scilicet may be rejected as being expressly contrary to the postea and the precedent matter. 5 East, 255; 1 Salk. 324.

References in classic literature ?
I told him all about my whim, just for the pleasure of watching his face light up with youth's generous worship of all such fantastic nonsense.
He told him, and the nonsense he had talked when found and on the way home, all which made the licentiate the more eager to do what he did the next day, which was to summon his friend the barber, Master Nicholas, and go with him to Don Quixote's house.
You always say that," he complained; "and it isn't nonsense.
It was here we sat, and you talked nonsense, and Rachel made little heaps of stones.
You are very absurd creatures," said she; "but I am tired of your nonsense and have no time to bother with you longer.
Davy Keith, do stop talking such nonsense," said Marilla severely.
We have actually been talking nonsense," she said, "and I thought that you, Prince, were far too serious.
She knows what has become of Ferrari; and she is confusing you in a cloud of nonsense, because she daren't own the truth.
It is all nonsense, you know, about shooting being a cruel sport.
who, according to your nonsense, must be his grandson, when Monseigneur le Dauphin is living.
This is a whimsical, rambling jumble, which can hardly be called a story; a mixture of quotations and original work, of nonsense and earnest.
said Marilla, who honestly thought it was all nonsense.