Definition of clause
1 : a group of words containing a subject and predicate and functioning as a member of a complex (see 2complex 1b(2)) or compound (see 2compound 3b) sentence The sentence “When it rained they went inside” consists of two clauses: “when it rained” and “they went inside.”
2 : a separate section of a discourse (see 1discourse 3) or writing; specifically : a distinct article in a formal document a clause in a contract
Examples of clause in a Sentence
The sentence “When it rained they went inside” consists of two clauses: “when it rained” and “they went inside.”
a clause in a will
Recent Examples of clause from the Web
Jackson As the calendar turns to June, the Orioles will have to make decisions on two players at Triple-A Norfolk who have June 1 opt-out clauses: outfielder Pedro Alvarez and right-handed reliever Edwin Jackson.
The justices have agreed to consider whether Wisconsin’s State Assembly map violates the 14th amendment’s equal protection clause because it was drawn to neutralize the votes of Democrats, depriving them of representation.
Their two most expensive players, Hernandez and Robinson Cano, are virtually untradeable because of their contracts (and Felix has a full no-trade clause anyway).
Officers found the man who was intoxicated but had a no alcohol clause from a prior DUII conviction.
Diana raked through every line of his first book, on Matthew Arnold, chastening each awkward phrase and disciplining Lionel’s clauses and rhythms.
The current contract has clauses that will make that more difficult, and less effective.
Clause said the Moose Lodge set a goal of raising $2,000 to donate to Edward Hines Jr. Veterans Administration Hospital.
In Fall 2006, Senator Lindsay Graham slipped into the 2007 Defense Bill a clause that could potentially place contractors and others who accompany American troops in the field under the U.S. military’s Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).
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CLAUSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of clause for English Language Learners
grammar : a part of a sentence that has its own subject and verb
: a separate part of a legal document
CLAUSE Defined for Kids
Definition of clause for Students
1 : a separate part of a document (as a will)
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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