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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What this means is that, in construction of "laws, wills, and other instruments" (such as insurance policies), the ejusdem generis rule dictates, "Where general words follow an enumeration of .
We now have tied bat guano to the ejusdem generis rule (Gene would be so proud).
The Court limited the catch-all phrase, in accordance with the ejusdem generis rule, to cover other forms of violence or loud and boisterous conduct not already listed.