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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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In other words, it's pure nonsense,' presidential spokesperson and chief legal counsel Salvador Panelo said.
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Pure nonsense and little more than a pointless distraction.
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That argument may have validity, but the idea that the poor share price performance of oil, gas and coal companies of late is proof of divestors' wisdom is pure nonsense. In case anyone has been asleep for the last few years, the oil price, and by extension that for gas and coal, has fallen rather a lot.
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The bishops' orders of excommunication are pure nonsense. Only Jesus Christ can excommunicate anyone and he does not do excommunications.
Both notions are pure nonsense. Just last week I was subjected to an overdose of this biased clap-trap at a conference on the Arab Spring.
But the notion that the battles over fiscal policy that have been taking place in Washington in recent years are a reflection of some sort of a terminal political disease that Americans are suffering from is just pure nonsense. If anything, the fact that the country has not experienced a major social upheaval in the same period may be a sign of political maturity.