Legal Definition and Related Resources of Item

Meaning of Item

Signifies one thing in a list of things .

Item Alternative Definition

(Lat.) Also; likewise; in like manner; again; a second time. These are the various meanings of this Latin adverb. It is used to introduce a new paragraph, or chapter, or division; also to denote a particular in an account. It is used when any article or clause is added to a former, as if there were here a new beginning. Du Cange. Hence the rule that a clause in a will introduced by item shall not influence or be influenced by what precedes or follows, if it be sensible, taken independently (1 Salk. 239), or there is no plain intent that it should be taken in connection, in which cases it may be construed conjunctively, in the sense of “and,” or “also,” in such a manner as to connect sentences. If, therefore, a testator bequeath a legacy to Peter, payable out of a particular fund, or charged upon a particular estate, item, a legacy to James, James’ legacy as well as Peter’s will be a charge upon the same property. 1 Atk. 436; 3 Atk. 256; 1 Brown, Ch. 482; 1 RoUe, Abr. 844; 1 Mod. 100; Cro. Car. 368; Vaughan, 262; Rop. Leg. 349; 1 Salk. 234. The word is commonly used and well understood as a separate entry in an account or a schedule, or a separate particular in an enumeration of a total which is separate and distinct from the other particulars or entries. 277 111. 131.

Synonyms of Item


  • article
  • asset
  • commodity
  • component
  • constituent
  • count
  • detail
  • effect
  • element
  • entity
  • entry
  • feature
  • gadget
  • good
  • ingredient
  • merchandise
  • object
  • pars
  • part
  • particular
  • piece
  • piece of information
  • piece of news
  • point
  • possession
  • product
  • res
  • salable commodity
  • separate paragraph
  • singleton
  • specification
  • staple
  • story
  • unit
  • vendible
  • ware Associated Concepts: item of appropriation
  • item on deposit
  • itemization of damages
  • itemized account

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Concept of “Item”

Traditional meaning of item in English (with some legal use of this latin concept in England and the United States in the XIX Century) [1]: (in Latin) Also; a single charge in an account.


Notes and References

  1. Based on A Concise Law Dictionary of Words, Phrases and Maxims, “Item”, 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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