More Weirdness in Creating Defined Terms

I’ve spent some quality time lately with definitions of the defined term Event of Default. And I’ve seen some strange things. Here are three examples: enjoy!

Here it seems as if the definition contains the defined term:

The example below is basically the same, except the defined-term parenthetical is shifted earlier in the sentence, without making any more sense:

An Event of Default constitutes an Event of Default? Who knew!

And the following example creates the defined term using neither an autonomous definition (using means) nor an integrated definition (with a defined-term parenthetical at the end of the definition). Instead, initial capitals and quotation marks are slapped on the first instance of the phrase in question:

There’s nothing inherently wrong with this, and it’s not confusing, but I don’t see the point of having yet another way of creating defined terms.

Friends, I recommend you avoid these glitches.

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.