Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Lat. Contemporaneous exposition or construetion; a construction drawn from the time when, and the circumstancos under which, the subject-matter to be construed, as a statute or custom, originated. Contemporanea expositio est optima et fortissima in lege. Contemporancous exposition is the best and strongest in the law. 2 Inst. 11. A statute is best explained by following the construction put upon it by judges who lived at the time it was made, or soon after. 10 Coke, 70; Broom, Max. 682.