Connector Order and Priority

Lexis® uses the following order of operations for connector searches:

  1. ( ) have the highest priority. If parentheses are present in a search, things enclosed in parentheses are dealt with first.
  2. or
  3. proximity connectors1, such as near/n, onear/n, /seg,  w/n,  pre/n,  NOT/n,  NOT/seg, /s, /p, w/sent, w/para
  4. and
  5. not / and not

Example:     bankrupt! w/25 discharg! and not student or college or education! w/5 (loan and scholarship)

This search query is processed in the following way:

  1. ( ) has the highest priority, so the terms and connectors within the parentheses operate first. In this example, (loan and scholarship) are processed as a unit before any other connectors apply.
  2. or has the next highest priority, so it operates next. In this example, student or college or education! is processed as a unit, which is created by the or connector.
  3. w/5 ties together the term loan and the student or college or education! unit.
  4. w/25 operates next and creates a unit of the bankrupt! w/25 discharg! terms.
  5. and not, with the lowest priority, operates last and links the units formed in the second and third items above.

1 Proximity connectors are processed from the smallest to the largest. This is also the case if you use the same connector more than once in your search string.

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