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Term: Definition, Example and Related Terms

What is a Term ?

A 'term' in the world of contracts is like a building block. It's a piece or part of the contract that has a specific meaning or purpose. Think of it like a rule or guideline that everyone who signs the contract has to follow. These rules can be about all kinds of things, like who does what, when they have to do it by, or how much they'll get paid for it.

Another way we use the word 'term' is to talk about how long the contract lasts. For example, if you sign up for a cell phone plan, the 'term' might be two years. That means you're agreeing to stick with that company and follow all the rules in the contract for two whole years. After that, you can decide if you want to keep going with it or not.


  • Key Element Description
    Phone Contract The term of the contract is two years, with a penalty for early termination.
    Subscription Service The term of the subscription is one month, automatically renewing unless cancelled.
    Employment Contract The term of the contract is indefinite, but includes a clause that either party can terminate with notice.

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