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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Stumbling upon the sleeping Titania and her train, he is pinched repeatedly for his "Crimes, His Nonsence, and his Dogrel Rhymes" and forced to confess both his poverty and his predilection for penning sonnets (189).
referred to as "glib Nonsence put together in well sounding
The weighing-room map that Steve Gagan should have taken more notice of' The H marker that Gagan claimed he did not spot' Steve Gagan takes the chase course on the first circuit (top left), and is about to do the same thing second time round (bottom left), before riding a finish (above) on Brave Effect in the ironically named John Smith's No Nonsence Handicap Hurdle
On the other hand, a description of a quarry completely irrelevant to tectonic problems, and suggesting that in this area tectonic disturbances do not exist at all, is a total nonsence. In this way, one can easily negate the presence of, for instance, the Sudetic Marginal Fault.
A Clownish fat Flanderkin, always laughing at what he says himself, and believing it a Jest, tho' never such Nonsence' (Leigh's part) and 'La Pupsey.