I have been looking to write up some information about a fictional species and I understand to a point some of the legislative writing. But I never understood a few terms.



First Digit, 3 — I understand that the first Digit in the series represents the main section to a article of legislation (for example).

Second Digit, 2 — Also undstand that the second Digit represents a Subsection within the main section.

Third and Fourth Digits, 5/4 — This is where I am stuck on because I can't remember the term.

My Question:

What is the term used for any Digit after the subsection?

  • 1
    Are you thinking of a paragraph? Apr 10, 2017 at 15:45
  • 1
    I actually might be thinking of subsubsections, but I'm not sure.
    – Shoto Hasu
    Apr 10, 2017 at 15:51
  • They are just subsections.
    – Hot Licks
    Apr 10, 2017 at 17:18

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It's common to have a hierarchy consisting of some or all of :

  • Part
  • Chapter
  • Section
  • Subsection
  • Subsubsection
  • Paragraph

The first two aren't generally used in shorter works, and divisions below subsection are generally used in niche applications such as legal writing. Subparagraph is rarer still. The sequence is almost always the same. Here's a list of how they're used in LaTeX. I chose this link because it includes a bit of discussion about what type of documents use which divisions. I've seen subsubsubsection used in all seriousness, but that's not standard.

Note that subsubsection is jargon that's only really used when "subsection of subsection x" doesn't work, but "paragraph y of subsection x" isn't appropriate either. There isn't (so far as I know) a term for a more general subdivision of a subsection, except that in certain contexts paragraph doesn't have its everyday meaning.

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