Tex. Gov't Code Section 311.011
Common and Technical Usage of Words

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Words and phrases shall be read in context and construed according to the rules of grammar and common usage.


Words and phrases that have acquired a technical or particular meaning, whether by legislative definition or otherwise, shall be construed accordingly.
Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 479, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985.

Source: Section 311.011 — Common and Technical Usage of Words, https://statutes.­capitol.­texas.­gov/Docs/GV/htm/GV.­311.­htm#311.­011 (accessed Nov. 25, 2023).

Nov. 25, 2023

§ 311.011’s source at texas​.gov