Ejusdem Generis Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Ejusdem Generis, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Ejusdem Generis?

(eh-youse-dem generous) v adj. Latin for “of the same kind,” used to interpret loosely written statutes. Where a law lists specific classes of persons or things and then refers to them in general, the general statements only apply to the same kind of persons or things specifically listed. Example: if a law refers to automobiles, trucks, tractors, motorcycles and other motor-powered vehicles, “vehicles” would not include airplanes, since the list was of land-based transportation.