Is it arrogant in writing to explicitly say I came up with the term? Fear of appearing arrogant made me think to just say:

X will be used throughout the thesis to refer to the concept of Y

without informing that no one has used it before.

What do you think? Any alternatives to introduce newly coined terms by yourself?

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    You are correct. Just use it. Do not arrogantly claim that you originated it.
    – GEdgar
    Commented May 6, 2019 at 11:58
  • @GEdgar Yes, but don't forget to define it. (I'm worried that the OP will take 'Just use it' so as to not bother with the definition).
    – Mitch
    Commented May 6, 2019 at 12:26
  • It depends. Don't replace a standard, widely used and scientifically correct term with your own. But if you are writing a semi-popular article and want to replace the term "atomic bomb" with "nuclear bomb", go ahead, but give your reason why.
    – ab2
    Commented May 6, 2019 at 12:52

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No, it's not arrogant to make a definition and to claim it. Because making a definition is not to your credit -- it's not a discovery. Anyone can make up definitions. They are made for convenience, and the only test of their merit is whether they do actually turn out to be convenient. For that, you have to go on to use the definition you made to say something of substance. A definition is only a preliminary step.

  • Could you suggest useful phrases I could use to introduce my conceptual elements without being arrogant?
    – Acer acer
    Commented May 9, 2019 at 14:49
  • No, I can't. --
    – Greg Lee
    Commented May 9, 2019 at 23:55

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