Latin Legal Terms


Generali – literally it means “major”, “main”, “common one”. In practice, this Latin word relates to the legal terms:
- “Generalia specialibus non derogant” – this term means “the general thing does not extract from the specific”.
- Lex specialis derogat lex generali - which means that in a situation where more than one legal statutes apply to one action or the legal dispute, the more specific statute overrules the others and will govern the case.
- “Generalis regula geneariler est intelligenda” – this legal phrase literally means “general things do not derogate from specific things”. In simple words, it is a legal principle providing that a general provision within a statute is to be accepted and considered generally.

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