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Noscitur a sociis

“Noscitur a sociis” is a Latin legal maxim that means “it is known by its associates” or “it is recognized by its companions.” This principle is commonly used in legal contexts to interpret the meaning of a word or phrase within a statute or contract. It suggests that the meaning of an ambiguous term can be clarified by looking at the surrounding words or terms. This helps ensure that the interpretation of a law or contract aligns with the overall structure and purpose of the document.

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