Defined Term is a tool to help lawyers write more clearly, concisely, and accurately.

Good legal writing is hard work and critical to effective advocacy. Clear, concise and accurate writing can eliminate disputes and, where disputes arise, can make the difference between winning and losing.

That which is written with ease is seldom read with pleasure.

– Dr. Johnson

While there are many factors that determine good legal writing and numerous resources to consider, our focus is on helping you find the best defined term for your purpose by:

  1. Accurately describing uncommon or industry-specific concepts

    Defined Term sources data broadly and with a particular eye for industry-specific and other materials that are not readily available to lawyers.

  2. Identifying numerous versions of common terms

    Defined Term highlights commonly used terms and offers multiple ways of viewing and sorting definition versions, including: 

    • by date, to understand how a term has evolved over time;
    • by popularity, to understand which versions are used more often; and
    • by readability, to understand the complexity of each version.
  3. Identifying terms that are excessively complex or hard to interpret

    It can be difficult to understand terms defined by reference to other defined terms as though the reader is opening Russian nesting dolls.  Defined Term highlights defined terms embedded within a particular definition and in future releases will identify the percentage of each definition that is dependent on other defined terms.  

    Additionally, definitions with excessively long sentences and relatively longer words can be difficult to interpret. Defined Term indicates the Readability score for each definition to help you identify versions that are easier (or harder, depending on your purpose) to interpret.