Yes, the Defined Term “This Agreement” Really Is Pointless

I’ve said any number of times (most recently in this 2016 post) that creating the defined term this Agreement is pointless. Actually, let’s just call it dumb.

My thanks to @neil_neilzone for making that clear this morning with the following tweet:

https://twitter.com/neil_neilzone/status/870596648132628480

When you create the defined term this Agreement by means of an integrated definition in the introductory clause, the redundancy isn’t as starkly apparent as it in Neil’s example.

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.