“Strive”—Another Picturesque Alternative to “Efforts”

In this 2010 post on AdamsDrafting I considered use of aggressively as an unhelpful alternative to reasonable efforts.

Well, in the same vein I now offer you … strive! Three examples:

CNH Capital shall strive to respond to credit applications within two (2) weeks following receipt of all requested information and material.

During the Employment Period, Executive … (iv) shall perform Executive’s duties and responsibilities hereunder to the best of his abilities in a diligent, trustworthy, businesslike and efficient manner and shall strive to promote the success and best interests of the Entities.

Both Buyer and Seller shall strive to achieve a 100% service level.

Although I like its Horatio Alger vibe, I say ixnay to strive.

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.