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Diya Arvind   16 March 2022

legal maxim

What is the cope of the maxim "Argumentum Ab Impossibilii Plurimum Valet In Lege"?


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Aarushi   16 March 2022

The Latin maxim of Argumentum Ab Impossibilii Plurimum Valet In Lege means to say that the argument of impossibility carries a very strong weightage before the Law. This maxim is used in the interpretation of Statutes or Law. It says that if there are several meanings to a phrase in a statute and one of the interpretations becomes impossible to perform, that interpretation must not be followed. Same goes in the cases of interpretation of deeds or any other kind of document. Such impossible interpretations show that the person who drafted said deed, or statute, or document, did not intend an impossible interpretation to be made and the interpretation made by the Court is not appropriate. However, if there are no other interpretations than the one which is impossible, it has to be followed. This impossible interpretation now holds great power and weightage.

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