noscitur a sociis
- A principle or guide to interpretation that suggests the understanding of an unclear or ambiguous term (like one in a law or agreement) can be resolved by looking at the words surrounding it in the text
- The clause in the contract was confusing, but through applying noscitur a sociis, the lawyer was able to interpret it by considering its context.
- When debating the meaning of a particular statute, the judge used the principle of noscitur a sociis to derive the meaning from the words used around the ambiguous term.
- Using noscitur a sociis, the legal scholar was able to explain the unclear phrase by referring to the surrounding text.