Verba offendi possunt, imo ab eis recedere licet, ut verba ad sanum intellectum reducantur

(Civil law.) Words can be stricken out, nay rather it is proper to depart from them, so that they may be reduced to a sensible meaning. Verba ordinationis quando verificari possunt in sua vera significatione, trahi ad extraneum intellectum non debent. (Civil law.) When the words of an ordinance can be verified in their true signification, they ought not to be twisted into a foreign meaning.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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