# [Tex/LaTex] disable italics in the body text of a theorem without amsthm/ntheorem

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I'm submitting a paper and am required to use a provided document class which defines its own theorem environments, so I can't use packages like amsthm or ntheorem. The class doesn't define a 'Definition' theorem environment, so I defined my own. I'm trying to get the body text not to be in italic, just like \theoremstyle{definition} does. Is there a way to do it?

#### Best Answer

Ad-hoc restyling can be done using \normalfont at the start of the definition:

\documentclass{article}
\newtheorem{definition}{Definition}
\begin{document}
\begin{definition}
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit.
Sed eu eros dignissim mi ultricies varius in ac purus.
Mauris et massa turpis. Aenean egestas fringilla odio,
in placerat leo vestibulum non.
\end{definition}

\begin{definition}
\normalfont Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit.
Sed eu eros dignissim mi ultricies varius in ac purus.
Mauris et massa turpis. Aenean egestas fringilla odio,
in placerat leo vestibulum non.
\end{definition}
\end{document}


The above solution would hold for journals where you're not allowed to include other packages. If they don't mind and your definition theorem environment is defined very simply, you could use something like:

\newtheorem{definition}{Definition}
\let\olddefinition\definition
\renewcommand{\definition}{\olddefinition\normalfont}


to modify the start of the environment to always use \normalfont. This would then be a global change to the definition theorem environment. Of course, you need not use a theorem-style to create the definition environment in the first place. However, without much knowledge over the context and use, it would be hard to speculate on how you want it to look.

The above redefinition doesn't allow the use of an optional argument for the definition environment. If you want this, you can use

\newtheorem{definition}{Definition}

\usepackage{xparse}
\let\olddefinition\definition
\RenewDocumentCommand{\definition}{o}{%
\IfNoValueTF{#1}
{\olddefinition}
{\olddefinition[#1]}%
\normalfont
}


instead. The above uses xparse to capture and examine the possibility of an optional argument, and using it if it exists, before inserting the \normalfont override.