Doctrine Of ‘Ejudem Generis’ and its Applicability

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Journal Title: Journal of Legal Studies & Research
Author(s): Srishti Virat
Published On: 28/09/2023
Volume: 9
Issue: 5
First Page: 59
Last Page: 77
ISSN: 2455-2437
Publisher: The Law Brigade Publisher

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Srishti Virat, Doctrine Of ‘Ejudem Generis’ and its Applicability, Volume 9 Issue 5, Journal of Legal Studies & Research, 59-77, Published on 28/09/2023, Available at


A key idea in statutory interpretation is the concept of ejusdem generis, which aids in identifying the scope and meaning of broad phrases in a statute. The concept works to limit a general term to things or topics of the same kind or nature as the examples given when it is followed by specific instances or phrases of a particular nature. In order to ensure uniformity and fairness in the execution of the law, this principle seeks to align the interpretation of the statute with the legislative intent. The doctrine is applicable in a number of legal contexts, including criminal law, administrative law, contract interpretation, insurance law, statutory interpretation. Ejusdem generis is a crucial instrument for reading statutes, but it should be used in conjunction with other statutory interpretation principles and taking each case’s unique circumstances into account. For legal professionals and courts to arrive at correct and just interpretations of statutes, it is necessary that they comprehend the history, foundational ideas, applicability, and constraints of ejusdem generis.

Keywords: Ejusdem generis, Legal contexts, Of a similar kind or nature, Application, Statutory Interpretation.

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