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THESAURUS (3) (Preferred term)
An alphabetical presentation of a controlled list of terms, linked together by semantic, hierarchical, associative or equivalence relationships. Such a tool acts as a guide to allocating classification terms to individual records. (AS ISO 15489, Part 2, Clause 188.8.131.52)
In a thesaurus, the meaning of the term is specified and hierarchical relationships to other terms are shown. A thesaurus should provide sufficient entry points to allow users to navigate from terms that are not to be used to the preferred terminology adopted by the organisation.
Source: National Archives of Australia - Glossary of records management terms