Ejusdem generis rule legal definition of ejusdem generis rule
ejusdem generis rule
ejusdem generis rule a rule of interpretation applying to legal writings and statutes stating that a list of things should be read as the one genus and the items as a species: applying the rule to ‘pansy, dandelion, daisy or others’, then ‘others’ would have to be a flower and could not be a horse. If the rule is not held to apply, then ‘other’ could be a horse, which would look strange in one's buttonhole.
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