Ejusdem Generis

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Meaning of Ejusdem generis

(Lat.) Of the same kind. In the construction of laws, wills, and other instruments, when certain things are enumerated, and then a phrase is used which might be construed to include other things, it is generally confined to things ejusdem generis. Thus, “clerical or other defects” includes only formal defects (40 Barb. [N. Y.] 574) , and a statute providing for relief to women whose husbands fail to support them “from drunkenness, profligacy, or any other cause,” means only causes of similar nature, and does not include physical incapacity. 20 Wis. 682.


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Ejusdem generis in the Dictionary of Law consisting of Judicial Definitions and Explanations of Words, Phrases and Maxims

Latin. Of the same kind or nature; the same class.

Note: This legal definition of Ejusdem generis in the Dictionary of Law (English and American Jurisprudence) is from 1893.

“Ejusdem Generis” in Maritime Law

Note: There is more information on maritime/admiralty law here.

The following is a definition of “Ejusdem Generis”, produced by Tetley, in the context of admiralty law: “of the same kind”. See Foscolo Mango v. Stag Line [1931] 2 K.B. 48 at pp. 57-59, 65-68, 72-76, (1931) 39 Ll. L. Rep. 101 at pp. 106-107, 109-110, 113-114. (C.A.). See Tetley, M.C.C., 4 Ed., 2008 at p. 1226.

Concept of “Ejusdem Generis”

Traditional meaning of ejusdem generis in English (with some legal use of this latin concept in England and the United States in the XIX Century) [1]: (in Latin) Of the same nature. Ejusdem negotii: of the same transaction.


Notes and References

  1. Based on A Concise Law Dictionary of Words, Phrases and Maxims, “Ejusdem Generis”, Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1911, United States. It is also called the Stimson’s Law dictionary. This term and/or definition may be absolete.

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