Synonymous Words, Different Meanings

In Gibson v. Skibs, (1966) 2 All ER 478 it was held that “prima facie one would expect that when two different words, although practically synonymous in ordinary use, are employed in different parts of the same regulation dealing with the same kind of topic, they are intended to have some different meaning.” The SC held in Kailash Nath Agarwal, (2003) 4 SCC 305 at paragraph 20 that “the general rule is that when two different words are used by the same statute, prima facie one has to construe these different words as carrying different meanings.”

Also see, Sunil Kumar Kori v. Gopal Das Kabra, [Civil Appeal No. 9728-9729 of 2016] decided on 27.09.2016.

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