Can I say these? Which is to be preferred? or have you got any other suggestion?

Hereinafter client refers to a smartphone using Android.

Henceforward client refers to a smartphone using Android.

My intended meaning is that when I say "client" I mean an Android smartphone.

Earlier in the text I describe different kinds of possible clients, but since my report only focuses on android phones I want to be able to write "client" and have the reader understand the meaning of 'client' as 'Android phone'.

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    Note that the word client should be marked with either quotation marks or italics. – StoneyB on hiatus Feb 20 '13 at 12:01
  • I thought these words are rather outdated at this point, but neither answer mentions this. Are they archaic, or simply "fancy"? – Ken Bellows Feb 20 '13 at 12:25
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    @KenB They are legalese: They are still used, but in a specific context. It is like persons: You normally don't hear "there are 5 persons." – kiamlaluno Feb 20 '13 at 13:20
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    I've never even heard "hereinafter" before, though "hereafter" is a similar word that I'm quite familiar with. I'd assume they have similar meaning? But I've honestly never heard it before. With "henceforward" I don't think I've heard that either, but "henceforth" I've heard often enough. Other answers mention legalese, which sounds reasonable, but I think "hereafter" and "henceforth" are probably more common (though still not very common in their own rights). – WendiKidd Feb 20 '13 at 17:32
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    @WendiKidd: Hereinafter is not quite the same as hereafter. Hereinafter means "in the remainder of this document"; hereafter as an adverb means "after this", and as a noun usually means roughly "afterlife". So they're close, but they're not always interchangeable. But yes, henceforward and henceforth are synonymous. – ruakh Feb 20 '13 at 19:47

A better way perhaps is to say:

From this point (forward/onwards) "client" refers to a smartphone using Android.

The formality is retained without the fancy-pantsy wording which may trip non-native English speakers up.

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    Even native speakers may trip over words like hereinafter--depending on how fancy their pants are, of course. – snailcar Feb 20 '13 at 11:38
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    Indeed. It is tragic, but when I was in school (I'm 21, so I left 5-ish years ago) many people struggled with English class. Such a shame, that people fail to fully conquer their native language. I personally think they were lazy. :) – Felix Weir Feb 20 '13 at 12:29
  • Thanks, it's hard for a non native speaker to know the level of fanciness of a word, or if it's too much, since natively we use more formal (but not overly ofcource) language in academic writing. – Viktor Mellgren Feb 20 '13 at 12:44

Hereinafter and henceforward are best avoided unless you are writing a formal legal text. If you are, then you should take legal advice. Otherwise, you can just say something like:

In the rest of this text I use the word ‘client’ to refer to a smartphone using Android.

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