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(eh-youse-dem generous) v adj. Latin for “of the same kind,” used to interpret loosely written statutes. Where a law lists specific classes of persons or things and then refers to them in general, the general statements only apply to the same kind of persons or things specifically listed. Example: if a law refers to automobiles, trucks, tractors, motorcycles and other motor-powered vehicles, “vehicles” would not include airplanes, since the list was of land-based transportation.
‘Things of the same meta’. A principle of Statutory interpretation that guides the interpretation of passages like ‘tents, caravans and similar dwellings’. For example, ‘cats, dogs, and other pets’ probably excludes lions (as not being pets), but it is less clear whether ‘cats, dogs, and other animals’ would include lions. It may be necessary to infer this from the context of the passage. Certain conventions govern the application of ejusdem generis.
A good example of the application of ejusdem generis is Evan v Cross (1938), where it was held that road markings were not ejusdem generis with traffic signs.
However, the rule is not always applied, particularly where it would clearly conflict with the intentions of the legislature. For example, in Flack v Baldry (1988) it was ruled that ownership of electric stun guns could be prohibited by the Firearms Act, because electricity was a noxious liquid, gas or other thing.
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