Legal Method pp 211-224 | Cite as

Plain Meanings, Mischiefs and Purposes

  • Ian McLeod
Part of the Macmillan Professional Masters book series (PAPRMA)


It is tempting to assume that the practice of statutory interpretation simply requires the identification and application of the literal (or plain) meaning of the enacted words. In fact, however, such simple literalism is fundamentally defective, because it proceeds on the false assumption that a word, or a group of words, will always have a plain meaning.


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© Thomas Ian McLeod 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian McLeod
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  1. 1.London Guildhall UniversityUK

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