Talk:Lex Fabia de censu (Nova Roma)
B. Inactive citizens are those citizens who fail to meet at least one of the conditions in IV A.
So anyone who fails to meet one or more conditions set forth in IV A. is inactive? I think that means almost everyone. I think "B. Inactive citizens are those citizens who do not meet any of the conditions in IV A." would be better. Agricola 12:13, 17 August 2007 (CEST)
- The wording is indeed ambiguous. It could either mean "those citizens who fail to perform the act of 'meeting one or more of the conditions'" or "those citizens who perform the act of 'failing to meet one or more of the conditions'". From the preceding chapter III.A it is clear that the intended meaning is the former. Another form of words would be better, but when read as a whole and taken together with the mos of its application and interpretation over the years, the lex is not so badly worded as to call for legislative amendment.
- It is also worth noting that when the lex says "section IV.A" it clearly means "section III.A".
- - Cordus 13:46, 22 August 2007 (CEST)