Verba ganeralia restringuntur ad habilitatem rei vel personae

Verba ganeralia restringuntur ad habilitatem rei vel personae. General words must be confined or restrained to the nature of the subject or the aptitude of the person. Bacon's max. Reg. 10.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.