canon of construction
A rule used in construing legal instruments, esp. contracts and statutes.
? Although a few states have codified the canons of construction ¡ª examples of which are contra proferentem and ejusdem generis ¡ª most jurisdictions treat the canons as mere customs not having the force of law. ¡ª Often shortened to canon.
¡ª Also termed rule of construction; rule of interpretation. [Cases: Contracts 143; Statutes 174. C.J.S. Contracts ¡ì 302; Statutes ¡ì 306.]
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