Lexical Discipline

Any word used in a state document with other than its ordinary denotation as consistently elucidated in published general purpose dictionaries, must be formally defined in a constitution, a statute, or in the document in which it is used.   If the definition appears in the constitution of a unit of state, then any instrument of state policy of that unit of state and of all contained units of state must adhere to that definition.   If the definition appears in a statute of a unit of state, then any non-constitutional instrument of state policy of that unit of state and of contained units of state, must adhere to the definition, as elucidated in § Resolution of Conflicts Between Constitutions and Statutes.   Any document can display special definitions which override the definition inherited as described above.   Whenever the definition of a term is specially enumerated within the document it appears in, and the document is neither a constitution or portion thereof, nor a statute or portion thereof, the term must be typographically distinguished.



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