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The meaning of words

  1. As Lord Hoffmann explained in R v Brown, [20] in a passage cited with approval in Collector of Customs v Agfa-Gevaert Ltd: [21]

“The unit of communication by means of language is the sentence and not the parts of which it is composed. The significance of individual words is affected by other words and the syntax of the whole.”

Cited in Fraser v Health Care Complaints Commission [2015] NSWCA 421 per Basten JA at [29]