Semper In Obscuris Quod Minimum Est Sequimur Law and Legal Definition

The maxim semper in obscuris quod minimum est sequimur means in obscure matters we always apply the construction which is least obscure.

The following is an example of a case law referring to the maxim ‘semper in obscuris quod minimum est sequimur’:

The maxim, semper in obscuris quod minimum est sequimur is taken from the Roman law and not from the English common law or used as a classical or technical term of our jurisprudence in any book of authority. [Sturges v. Crowninshield, 17 U.S. 122 (U.S. 1819)].