How to Introduce a Set of Autonomous Definitions

I’m going over one of my contract redrafts. Here’s how I introduced a set of autonomous definitions:

For purposes of this agreement, the following terms have the following meanings:

You see this language, or some variation, in innumerable contracts. I’m not crazy about the way it groups the definitions, thereby leaving open the possibility that one defined term could have more than one meaning. It’s clear that that’s not the case, but I still find it distracting. Saying have the respective meanings given them below, or some such, isn’t much of an improvement.

So how about this:

For purposes of this agreement, the following definitions apply:

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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.