severability

severability
the rule of construction of contracts that allows a court to ignore a part of a contract that would render it in some way defective and to read instead what is left. It has been applied to restrictive covenants where, if the words are capable of being so read, the court will ignore a severe restriction and allow a lesser restriction. It also applies in cases involving Romalpa clauses where certain words might render the clause wholly inoperative, the court can, again only if the words are capable of sustaining such a reading, allow the plaintiff some lesser power to trace the goods or their proceeds.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

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