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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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This is patent nonsense! In fact, when a junior United Nations official in Colombo claimed 7000 civilians had died initially, sir John Homes, Under Secretary General of the UN categorically rejected that claim and disassociated himself from it.
Jones talks of how she returned from the show with "puffy eyes and swollen throat", not because of the plot but "because the idea that there is The One out there somewhere is surely patent nonsense".
Any justification of this helping the environment or improving the area is patent nonsense. It's yet another example of the legalised theft of state assets and anyone who buys this land is interested in one thing and one thing only - profit.
Mr Cowen said it was "patent nonsense" to suggest there were alternative to the Budget's crippling tax hikes and painful welfare cuts.
But the idea that we can or should erase either man from our national history is patent nonsense.
Peter Wishlade, defending, said: "It's very difficult to explain the comment he made at the point of arrest because it's patent nonsense."
This is a patent nonsense. Plaid Cymru recognised that Wales needed a strong voice in the Second Chamber.
Minister Sammy Wilson called the ads "insidious propaganda" peddling "patent nonsense," according to an Associated Press report.
Prosecutor Robin Spencer QC dismissed the explanation as "patent nonsense".
His proposition that prize-money is, or was, a function of supply and demand and therefore, we owners, who actually subsidise the industry, should accept the economic reality that reduced prize-money is inevitable in the current economic and just pay up, is patent nonsense.
Furthermore, the notion that Christian charity towards the poor should be purely voluntary--an idea that grew in popularity among some circles into the modern period--would have struck responsible patricians as well as much of the urban secular clergy of these early modern cities as patent nonsense. Indeed, during the many crises of Louis XIV's reign, religious communities and parishes were routinely asked to levy taxes on themselves for the care of the local poor.
It shares three words with this one (hatter, fleas, cool) but is patent nonsense while this one teasingly hints at saying something--about whether or not to supply hats to jumping marine parasites held captive inland?