construction. In grammar the singular is used to
express only one,
not plural. Johnson.
2. In law, the singular frequently includes the plural. A bequest to
"my nearest relation," for example, will be considered as a bequest to all the
relations in the same degree, who are nearest to the testator. 1 Ves. sen. 337;
1 Bro. C. C. 293. A bequest made to "my heir," by a person who had three heirs,
will be construed in the plural. 4 Russ. C. C. 384.
3. The same rule obtains in the civil law: In usu juris frequenter uti
nos singulari appellationie, am plura significari vellemus. Dig. 50, l6, 158.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition