“In No Way”

Do yourselves a favor and strike in no way in favor of does not or will not, as in the following examples:

Borrower hereby agrees that this Amendment in no way acts [read does not act] as a release or relinquishment of the Liens and rights securing payments of its Obligations.

… and such holding shall in no way [read will not] affect the validity or enforceability of any of the other covenants, agreements, terms and provisions hereof.

… and the obligations and liabilities of Borrower hereunder shall in no way [read will not] be released. discharged or otherwise affected (except as expressly provided herein) by reason of: …

In no way has a hectoring quality—file it under “rhetorical emphasis.”

If you’d like to see other examples of rhetorical emphasis in contract drafting, go here for a selection of related posts on my old AdamsDrafting blog (with a few other things mixed in).

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.

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