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Ordinary Meaning: A Theory of the Most Fundamental Principle of Legal Interpretation

 

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Ordinary Meaning: A Theory of the Most Fundamental Principle of Legal Interpretation

Brian G. Slocum


There is a long-standing judicial commitment to interpreting language in legal texts according to its ‘ordinary meaning’. That is, courts have uniformly agreed that words in legal texts should be interpreted in light of accepted standards of communication. The constituent question of what makes some meaning the ordinary one and the evidential question of how the determinants of ordinary meaning are identified and conceptualized are thus of crucial ... Read more

 

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