ejusdem generis
ejus·dem gen·er·is /ē-'jəs-dəm-'je-nə-ris, ā-'yu̇s-dem-'ge-ne-rēs/ adj [Latin]: of the same kind or class
was ejusdem generis with the other items listed

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

ejusdem generis
adj.
(Latin) Of the same kind; a rule of interpreting statutes holding that if a statute lists a few examples of something, then it will be assumed that it only includes things similar to the examples; e.g., if for “dangerous weapon” it uses examples of guns, then the term refers only to firearms and not to other weapons such as knives.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


ejusdem generis
(ee-joose-dem gen-ris) adj. Latin for "of the same kind." Used to interpret statutes when a law lists classes of persons or things. For example, if a law refers to automobiles, trucks, tractors, motorcycles, and other motor-powered vehicles, a court might use ejusdem generis to hold that such vehicles would not include airplanes, because the list included only land-based transportation.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


ejusdem generis
n. Latin Of the same category. A legal principle stating that a general phrase following a list of specific items refers to an item of the same type as those in the list.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

ejusdem generis
[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.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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