noscitur a sociis

Definition of "noscitur a sociis"
  1. 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
How to use "noscitur a sociis" in a sentence
  1. The clause in the contract was confusing, but through applying noscitur a sociis, the lawyer was able to interpret it by considering its context.
  2. 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.
  3. Using noscitur a sociis, the legal scholar was able to explain the unclear phrase by referring to the surrounding text.

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