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Define That Term #241

Dictionary Thursday's term was last antecedent rule, which is defined as:

n. a doctrine of interpretation (construction) of statutes that any qualifying words or phrases refer to the language immediately preceding the qualifier, unless common sense shows that it was meant to apply to something more distant or less obvious. Example: "The commercial vehicular license shall not apply to boats, tractors, and trucks, with only four wheels and under three tons…," the qualifier "only four wheels and under three tons" applies only to trucks and not boats or tractors.

No one guessed this time around.

Today's term is:

obiter dicta.

As always, no dictionaries, please.


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