ejusdem generis

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin ejusdem generis.

Phrase[edit]

ejusdem generis

  1. (UK, US, law) A rule that, in the case of a general term following one or more particular terms, the general term only apply to the type of thing specified in the particular.
    • 1663, Hudibras, by Samuel Butler, part 1, canto 1
      Or what relation has debating \ Of church-affairs with bear-baiting? \ A just comparison still is \ Of things ejusdem generis: \ And then what genus rightly doth \ Include, and comprehend them both?