Et Seq. Definition and Legal Meaning

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

What is Et Seq.?

(et seek) n. abbreviation for the Latin phrase et sequentes meaning “and the following.” It is commonly used by lawyers to include numbered lists, pages or sections after the first number is stated, as in “the rules of the road are found in Vehicle Code Section 1204, et seq.”

History and Meaning of Et Seq.

et seq. is derived from the Latin phrase et sequentes which translates to "and the following." This term is commonly used in legal documents to refer to a list of numbered sections, pages, or provisions that follow a cited reference. It indicates that the reader should consult the surrounding material for further information or context.

The use of Latin phrases in legal documents dates back to ancient Rome, where Latin was the language of the law. Over the centuries, Latin has continued to be used extensively in legal terminology, and et seq. is just one example of a phrase that has made its way into modern legal language.

Examples of Et Seq.

  1. "The tax code can be found in Title 26, Section 601, et seq. of the U.S. Code."
  2. "The terms of the contract are outlined in paragraphs 1 through 5, et seq."
  3. "The regulations governing employee benefits are set forth in Section 401, et seq. of the Internal Revenue Code."
  4. "The rules regarding trademark infringement can be found in the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. Section 1114, et seq."
  5. "The state's landlord-tenant laws are contained in Chapter 47, Section 1, et seq. of the state code."

Legal Terms Similar to Et Seq.

  • Ibid. - Latin for "in the same place," used to refer to a previously cited source
  • Supra - Latin for "above," used in reference to a previously cited source
  • Infra - Latin for "below," used to refer to subsequent material
  • Op cit. - Short for "opere citato," meaning "in the work cited," similar to supra
  • Cf. - Short for "confer," meaning "compare"