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EX ALTERA PARTE Definition & Legal Meaning

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Of the other part Ex antecedentibns et conseqnentibua fit optima interpretatio. The best interpretation[of a part of an instrument] is made from the antecedents and the consequents, [fromthe preceding, and following parts.] 2 Inst. 317. The law will judge of a deed or otherinstrument, consisting of divers parts or clauses, by looking at the whole; and will giveto each part its proper office, so as to ascertain and carry out the intention of theparties. Broom, Max. *577. The whole instrument is to be viewed and compared in allits parts, so that every part of It may be made consistent and effectual. 2 Kent, Comm.555.


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