A List of Paired Party-Name Defined Terms You Don’t Want to Use

It’s a bad idea to use in contracts paired party-name defined terms that differ only in their final syllable: they force readers to work harder, and there’s always the risk that the drafter will by mistake use one defined term instead of the other.

Today I asked people on Twitter to help me compile a list of such paired defined terms, and they came through. My thanks to @pacotrouble, @adamdlin, @zhadu, and @IPDraughts for their contributions.

So here’s the list:

  • Acquiror, Acquiree
  • Appellant, Appellee
  • Assignor, Assignee
  • Bailor, Bailee
  • Covenantor, Covenantee
  • Donor, Donee
  • Employer, Employee
  • Endorser, Endorsee
  • Farmor, Farmee
  • Grantor, Grantee
  • Guarantor, Guarantee
  • Indemnitor, Indemnitee
  • Lessor, Lessee
  • Licensor, Licensee
  • Mortgagor, Mortgagee
  • Obligor, Obligee
  • Offeror, Offeree
  • Optionor, Optionee
  • Payor, Payee
  • Transferor, Transferee
  • Vendor, Vendee
  • Warrantor, Warrantee

If you think of any others, that’s what the comments are for!

About the author

Ken Adams is the leading authority on how to say clearly whatever you want to say in a contract. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and he offers online and in-person training around the world. He’s also chief content officer of LegalSifter, Inc., a company that combines artificial intelligence and expertise to assist with review of contracts.