Definitions in codes/statutes supersede common definitions. Terms supersede words.

If a statute or code has definitions, especially of common everyday words, then the definition in the statute/code supersedes the everyday definition! If ‘blue’ is defined as ‘yellow’ then blue means yellow for that statute, code, or chapter.

Why else would a statute have a definition of a common term?

For example, in everyday language, the word “employee” means anyone who works for a company. However, in the IRS code, here is the definition of employee:


For purposes of this chapter, the term “employee” includes an officer, employee, or elected official of the United States, a State, or any political subdivision thereof, or the District of Columbia, or any agency or instrumentality of any one or more of the foregoing. The term “employee” also includes an officer of a corporation

What this means to me, and others, is that ’employee’ means someone who works for the government or an agency of the government.

This definition is at 26 USC 3401. USC means United States Code. The full location is: U.S. Code › Title 26 › Subtitle C › Chapter 24 › § 3401

Here are some screenshots from the SEDM video:

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An SEDM video focuses on this.

I learned it from Roger Sayles is this long interview, possibly in the third hour. This video is well worth the time!

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