Sun Shufang а, Serguey D. Shelov b, @
a Heilongjang University, Ministry of Education of China, Harbin, China;
b Vinogradov Russian Language Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, 119019, Russian Federation; @ email@example.com
In this article, we analyse advantages and disadvantages of approximately 60 definitions of the notion “term” proposed in Russian, English, and Chinese sources over the last 40 years. We then define the “term” as a linguistic unit that 1) conforms to the literary or professional norm and 2) either has a definition or is motivated by its parts, terminological elements, at least one of them having a definition of its own.