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clause

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noun \ˈklȯz\

Simple Definition of clause

  • grammar : a part of a sentence that has its own subject and verb

  • : a separate part of a legal document

Full Definition of clause

  1. 1 :  a group of words containing a subject and predicate and functioning as a member of a complex or compound sentence

  2. 2 :  a separate section of a discourse or writing; specifically :  a distinct article in a formal document

Examples of clause

  1. The sentence When it rained they went inside consists of two clauses: when it rained and they went inside.

  2. a clause in a will



Origin of clause

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin clausa close of a rhetorical period, from Latin, feminine of clausus, past participle of claudere to close — more at close


First Known Use: 13th century

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clause

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noun \ˈklȯz\

Definition of clause

  1. 1 :  a separate part of a document (as a will)

  2. 2 :  a group of words having its own subject and predicate <The sentence “When it rained they went inside” is made up of two clauses: “when it rained” and “they went inside.”>





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