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

    The best interpretation is made out from what precedes and follows.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    The best interpretation [of a part of an instrument] is made from the antecedents and the consequents, [from the preceding and following parte,] 2 Inst. 317. The law will judge of a deed or other instrument, consisting of divers parts or clauses, by looking at the whole; and will give to each part its proper office, so as to ascertain and carry out the intention of the parties. Broom, Max. 577. The whole instrument is to be viewed and cempared in all its parts, so that every part of it may be made consistent and effectual. 2 Kent, Comm. 555.