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Similar words

Similar words
« on: May 05, 2008, 07:06:54 PM »
Can the word "some" and "many" be used interchangably? (and still have the same legal meaning)

Re: Similar words
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2008, 07:24:27 PM »
You might want to give some context.


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Re: Similar words
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2008, 07:55:24 PM »
The short answer would probably be the proverbial "It depends."  For illustration, 7 instances of something could be both some and many, or it could only be some and not many, depending upon the greater context.  Is it 7 out of 8? Then it's probably both some and many.  Is it 7 out of 1000?  Then it is probably some and not many. 

But if this is in terms of a contract, determining the "legal meaning" might be resolved by the general rule that ambiguous contract terms are interpreted against the drafter.