Literal Translation

A complete statement requires no interpreter


It is a Latin maxim, which means that an absolute judgment or sentence needs no expositor. In simpler words, plain language does not need an interpreter. The sentence that is plain and absolute does not need an expositor. The term expositor means a person or a thing, which explains about complicated theory or idea.


If the language of any law is not only simple but also states its one meaning, then the task of interpretation is hardly said to arise. Thus, it is not allowable to interpret that has no need of interpretation. Hence, it will consider as Absoluta sententia expositore non-indiget.

Case Law

Martab Ali v. Union of India (AIR 1954 Bom 297)

Mahavirprasad Badridas v. M.S. Yagnik (AIR 1960 Bom 191)

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