plain meaning rule

Definition of "plain meaning rule"
  1. The principle used in interpreting a statute or contract where if the language used is plain and clear, the understanding of the statute or contract should come directly from its wording without relying on outside evidence
How to use "plain meaning rule" in a sentence
  1. The judge applied the plain meaning rule to understand the agreement as no elaborate language was used in it.
  2. Due to the lack of ambiguous terms in the lease, the court opted for the plain meaning rule for its interpretation.
  3. Under the plain meaning rule, the clear words of the legislation were considered solely to comprehend its intent.

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