§ 1-2. Definitions and rules of construction  


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(Code 1977, §§ 3-1-2, 3-1-4)

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Similar provisions, O.C.G.A. § 1-3-3(8).

Gender. The masculine gender includes the feminine and the neuter.

Joint authority. A joint authority given to any number of persons or officers may be executed by a majority of them, unless it is otherwise declared.

Keeper, proprietor. The words "keeper" and "proprietor" mean and include persons acting by themselves or as a servant, agent or employee.

May. The word "may" is to be construed as being permissive.

Month. The word "month" means a calendar month.

Must. The word "must" is to be construed as being mandatory.

Number. The singular and plural number include the other, unless expressly excluded.

Similar provisions, O.C.G.A. § 1-3-1(6).

Oath. An "oath" includes an affirmation.

O.C.G.A. The term "O.C.G.A." means the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, as amended.

Officials, employees, boards, commissions, etc. Reference to officials, employees, boards, commissions or other agencies of the county by title only refer to the officials, employees, boards, commissions or other agencies of the county.

Or, and. "Or" may be read "and" and "and" may be read "or" if the sense requires it.

Owner. The word "owner," applied to a building or land, includes any part owner, joint owner, tenant in common, tenant in partnership or joint tenant of the whole or of a part of the building or land.

Person. The word "person" includes any association, club, society, firm, corporation, partnership and body politic and corporate as well as an individual.

Personal property. The term "personal property" includes every species of property except real property, as defined in this section.

Preceding. The word "preceding" means next before.

Property. The term "property" includes real and personal property.

Public place. The term "public place" includes any place that the public is invited or permitted to go or congregate.

Real property. The term "real property" includes lands, tenements and hereditaments.

Shall. The word "shall" is to be construed as being mandatory.

Sidewalk. The word "sidewalk" means any portion of a street between the curbline and the adjacent property line, intended for the use of pedestrians, excluding parkways.

Signature, subscription. A "signature" or "subscription" includes the mark of an illiterate or infirm person.

State. The word "state" means the State of Georgia.

Street, road. The word "street" or "road" includes any street, avenue, boulevard, road, alley, lane, viaduct and any other public highway in the county, including, but not limited to, the paved or improved surfaces thereof.

Tenant, occupant. The word "tenant" or "occupant," applied to a building or land, includes any person holding a written or oral lease of, or who occupies, the whole or a part of a building or land, either alone or with others.

Tense. Words used in the past or present tense include the future as well as the past and present.

Until a certain day. The term "until a certain day" includes all of such day.

Similar provisions, O.C.G.A. § 1-3-3(21).

Week. The word "week" means seven days.

Whereas. The term "whereas" means "considering that."

Will. The word "will" is to be construed as being mandatory.

Writing. The term "writing" includes printing and all numerals.

Year. The term "year" means a calendar year.

Statutory definitions and rules of construction, O.C.G.A. § 1-3-1 et seq.