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Word Choice: As Such

If you tend to use the phrase “as such” to avoid using another “thus” or “therefore,” then you’re not alone. But do you know what “as such” actually means?

“As Such”

  • Definition: The phrase as such means “in that capacity” or “in itself”: “She is the president of the company, and as such, she has the final say.”

  • Common Misuses of “as such”:
    • As a transition word to signal a conclusion: “There is nothing in Defendant’s reply that addresses this issue. As such, the Court should grant Plaintiff’s motion.”
    • To a transition word to signal causation: “The defendant was negligent in operating the vehicle. As such, the plaintiff suffered injuries.”

Rule: Unless you mean “in that capacity,” as such is incorrect and should not be used.