noscitur a sociis

noscitur a sociis

adverb comprehended from accompanying words, perceived from accompanying words, realized from accompanying words, recognized from accompanying words, understood from accompanying words

noscitur a sociis

‘it is known by its companions,’ the rule of interpretation that permits the reading of a word in its context. It permits a wider reading than the similar EJUSDEM GENERIS RULE.
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Further, to avoid unintended breadth in statutory construction, the court applied the doctrine of noscitur a sociis ("a word is known by the company it keeps").
The court took a different approach, noting that in Aquila, it applied the doctrine of noscitur a sociis to find that "processing" had an industrial connotation.