The Definitions Book: how to spot good ones, and how to write even better ones!

The Definitions Book: how to spot good ones, and how to write even better ones!

by Unified Compliance Writing Team


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This book is for anyone and everyone who has had to read a technical document with a bad glossary in it. With terms in there that have definitions that might seem “iffy” to you.

We’ll teach you what a good definition looks like, and how to tell the good ones from the bad ones.

We’ll teach you the various types of definitions, and how you might want to use those types when creating your own definitions.

We’ll show you how to research definitions, craft definitions, and even add advanced semantic relationships to them.

And most importantly, we’ll give you tools for editing and reviewing definitions!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780972903974
Publisher: Unified Compliance
Publication date: 06/11/2018
Pages: 78
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.16(d)

Table of Contents

The Basics

Never use words you or your audience don’t know

What’s happening under the hood when we communicate?

Why do we need to define what we say (part one)?

Why do we need to define what we say (part two)?

What’s the definition of definition?

The various kinds of definitions

Definition type cheat sheet

Testing existing definitions

Writing simple definitions

Step 0 – limit your definitions to a single concept

Step 1 - Research the term

Step 2 – Determine what your term’s concept is

Step 3 – Choosing the definition type that fits and crafting the definition

Writing advanced definitions

Step 4 – formalize the term entry

Step 5 - Add semantic relationships to the definition

Step 6 – Reviewing your definitions before finalizing them

Writing definitions for specific circumstances

Conversational entries

Snippet entries

Glossary entries

Automating glossary creation

Dictionary entries


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