Category Archives: Defined Terms

“Glossary”?

A contract I’m reviewing contains, as appendix A, a definition section. But it’s not referred to as a definition section. Instead, the heading is “Glossary …

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Using Italics for Defined Terms?

A rogue comment by noted anarchist A. Wright Burke, M. Phil., in this post got commenters contemplating alternatives to using initial capitals to designate defined …

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Can Visualizations Make It Easier to Understand Defined Terms?

Via @bradleybclark and this post on Legal Informatics Blog, I learned of a paper entitled “Software Tools for the Visualization of Definition Networks in Legal …

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An Example of an Awkward Definition

A little birdy suggested that I should check out the definition of “Arbitrator” in section 12(a) of the agreement providing for Jeff Bezos’s acquisition of …

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Kitchen-Sink Definitions

I’m not a fan of kitchen-sink definitions—definitions that include a grab-bag of items, not all of which belong together. Consider the following definition of “Claim,” culled …

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Joshua Stein on Defined Terms

I’d made many new professional friends through A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, but never new family members. So recently I was delighted to …

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Using “X” and “Y” to Refer to the Parties

Note use of the defined terms “X” and “Y” in the following, from the 2002 ISDA master agreement (discussed in this post): If a party …

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