Definition of EJUSDEM GENERIS


EJUSDEM GENERIS

Of the same kind.

2. 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
generas, as, where an act (9 Ann. C. 20) provided that a writ of quo
warranto might issue against persons who should usurp "the offices of
mayors, bailiffs, port reeves, and other offices, within the cities, towns,
corporate boroughs, and places, within Great Britain," &c., it was held
that "other offices" meant offices ejusdem generis, and that the word
"places" signified places of the same kind, that is, that the offices must
be corporate offices, and the places must be corporate Places. 5 T. R.
375,379, 5 B . & C. 640, 8 D. & Ry. 393, 1 B. & C. 237.

3. So, in the construction of wills, when certain articles are
enumerated, the terra goods is to be restricted to those ejusdem generis.
Bac. Ab. Legacies, B, 3 Rand. 191, 3 Atk. 61, Abr. Eq. 201, 2 Atk. 113.


Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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