Definition of ejusdem generis in English:

ejusdem generis

(also eiusdem generis)

adjective & adverb

  • 1Law
    Of or as the same kind.

    • ‘There are various possibilities: that they are to be construed eiusdem generis.’
    • ‘The competing possibilities on 8.2.3 are these: firstly, that the words ‘any act’ are to be construed, as it were, ejusdem generis, that is, it means any act attended by fault, because every other expression in 8.2.3 is a fault expression.’
    • ‘Mr Evans on behalf of the defendant would say that it should be construed eiusdem generis.’
    • ‘References to "other" and "otherwise" shall not be construed eiusdem generis where a wider construction is possible.’
    1. 1.1as adjective Denoting a rule for interpreting statutes and other writings by assuming that a general term describing a list of specific terms denotes other things that are like the specific elements.
      • ‘Glidewell LJ, in a judgment with which Cresswell J agreed, applied the ejusdem generis rule to the construction of s.141 [and then he cites from that].’
      • ‘He had based his ruling upon the absence of any reference to ‘public authority’ in the Coal Industry Nationalisation Act 1946 and the application of the ejusdem generis rule.’’
      • ‘It is unnecessary to speculate whether the ejusdem generis rule ought to be applied to the wording of an international convention having the force of law in this country.’
      • ‘For my part I would reach that conclusion not by the rather blunt instrument of the ejusdem generis rule but from a combination of contextual indications.’
      • ‘He relies upon the ejusdem generis principle coupled with the statutory history which dates back to 1855.’
      • ‘By use of the term ‘prevention by illness’ and a ejusdem generis construction is, in substance, what has occurred.’
      • ‘It is impossible to discern what meaning should be attributed to ‘domestic’ using the doctrine of ejusdem generis, as these categories are inherently not ‘of the same kind’.’




ejusdem generis

/eɪˌ(j)ʊsdɛm ˈdʒɛnɛrɪs/