canons of construction

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Canons of construction is defined as a system of rules or maxims that is used to interpret the legal instruments such as statutes. There are several canons of construction such as contra proferentem and ejusdem generis, that are used by attorneys or judges to interpret specific law. It is to be noted that canons of construction are not rules but rather they act as a principle that guides the interpretation of text. 

[Last updated in March of 2022 by the Wex Definitions Team]