I am wondering if I can factor a word in the following expression:

According to the definition of A, definition of B, and definition of C, ...

and write it briefly as

According to the definition of A, of B, and of C, ...


According to the definition of A, that of B, and that of C, ....

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    Another alternative is: According to the definitions of A, B, and C. – GoldenGremlin Jul 17 '16 at 1:32
  • Which one is correct or more common? – Sara Winslet Jul 17 '16 at 2:02

The most common solution is to say definitions, as in

According to the definitions of "child-friendly" in the user manual, the safety sheet, and the online product description, the item is safe for children under three years old.

  • This is a different case, in my question, the word "definition" can be distributed over A, B, and C – Sara Winslet Jul 17 '16 at 3:17
  • @SaraWinslet, please update your post to make your question more specific. Include a complete sentence if possible. – user1717828 Jul 17 '16 at 4:29

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