Acrolinx Terminology Basics

Basic Features of a Term in Acrolinx

When you create a term in the Dashboard for the first time, you'll notice that Acrolinx has five required fields for each new term.

Some of these concepts are self-explanatory, others might be new to you, but it's easy to get started.

Term Name

The first field is the Term Name. This is the actual word or phrase itself that you want to manage.

Check Inflections

The second required field is the option "Check inflections". When this is selected, Acrolinx looks for other linguistic forms of the term, such as singular and plural forms for nouns or present tense and past tense forms for verbs. In general, you want to turn this on for common words like "email", but turn it off for product or company names like "Acrolinx".

Acrolinx can check inflections for common words that you would find in a dictionary. For new or industry-specific words like "transpondster", you might notice that the option to check inflections isn't available. In that case, you can add other forms (like "transpondsters") separately as linked terms.


The third required field is the language of the term.


The fourth required field for a term is the Domain. Domains let you organize your terms in the Dashboard, and separate them for checking. How you do this depends on your content requirements. Different types of content often need to use words and phrases differently. For example, you might have one domain for technical terms, and one for marketing terms. You could then use the technical domain when checking technical documentation and developer-oriented content, and use the marketing domain when checking marketing content and blog posts.


The fifth required field for a new term is the Status. The status tells Acrolinx how to treat a term during a check. The main statuses you’ll use are:

  • "Proposed" for terms that haven’t been decided on yet.
  • "Deprecated" for terms that should never be used.
  • "Preferred" for terms that are always OK to use.