Lord Tenterden's Rule Law and Legal Definition

Lord Tenterden's rule is a rule of construction that where a law lists specific classes of persons or things and then refers to them in general, the general statements only apply to the same kind of persons or things specifically listed. For example, in the phrase horses, cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, or any other farm animal, the general language or any other farm animal will include only four-legged, hoofed mammals typically found on farms, and thus would exclude chickens. This is popularly known as ejusdem generis rule.