benigne faciend sunt interpretationes, propter simplicitatem laicorum, ut res magis valeat quam pereat; et verba intentioni, non e contra, debent inservire

/banigniy faeshiyendiy sant intarprateyshiyowniyz, proptar simplisateytam leyakoram, at riyz meyjas vaeliyat kwaem pehriyat; et varba intenshiyownay, non ey kontra, debat insarvayriy/
Constructions [of written instruments] are to be made liberally, on account of the simplicity of the laity [or common people], in order that the thing [or subject-matter] may rather have effect than perish [or become void]; and words must be subject to the intention, not the intention to the words. 2 Bl.Comm. 379.

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.


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