any

A flexible word. In its broad, distributive sense, the sense in which the word is frequently used, it may have the meaning of "all," "every," or "each one of all." Its meaning is often restrained, limited, or influenced by the subject matter or manner in which it is used. It may mean "one indefinitely out of an indefinite number." When used in a statute, it should be so construed as to make its meaning comport with the general scheme of the statute in which it is used. Anno: 143 ALR 1054. The word has been construed by some authorities to mean an indefinite number, as in the case of a stipulation in a promissory note that an indorser shall not be released by any extension of time. 11 Am J2d B & N § 943. The word "any", used in a will, should be given a construction in context with other words used in the bequest, rather than a precise meaning doing violence to the testator's intention. Re Scheyer's Estate, 336 Mich 645, 59 NW2d 13, 38 ALR2d 835, construing devise of "any home in which we are residing at the time of my death".

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

Synonyms:
(of many), / (indefinitely), , ,


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