plain meaning rule
- 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
- The judge applied the plain meaning rule to understand the agreement as no elaborate language was used in it.
- Due to the lack of ambiguous terms in the lease, the court opted for the plain meaning rule for its interpretation.
- Under the plain meaning rule, the clear words of the legislation were considered solely to comprehend its intent.