clause

noun
\ ˈklȯz How to pronounce clause (audio) \

Definition of clause

1 : a group of words containing a subject and predicate and functioning as a member of a complex (see complex entry 2 sense 1b(2)) or compound (see compound entry 2 sense 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 discourse entry 1 sense 2) or writing specifically : a distinct article in a formal document a clause in a contract

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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

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The bill also includes another 5 percent pay raise for teachers but also has a clause that would invalidate the entire bill if any part is struck down. John Raby, The Seattle Times, "Education bill opposed by teachers advances to W.Va. House," 4 Feb. 2019 But professional advancement comes with a moral clause. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Sorry to Bother You: A Dizzying Satire That Hungers for Truth," 7 July 2018 The youngster has a buyout clause of €40m at Real Sociedad, and Los Blancos are said to be keen to match this evaluation. SI.com, "Real Madrid Close to Agreeing Personnel Terms With Alvaro Odriozola Ahead of €40m Transfer," 5 July 2018 Some placating was definitely in order: the same emissaries sent to inform the Hungarian crown of their adorable new family member were also tasked with negotiating Joanna’s way out of certain clauses in her nuptial treaty. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Joanna of Naples," 3 July 2018 The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative advocates through education for diversity clauses to increase not only visible women in production but inclusion for below the line roles that historically have gone to men. refinery29.com, "Record Scratch: Only 6% Of Your Favorite Shows Use Music Composed By Women," 1 July 2018 This is a clear violation of the U.S. Constitution’s establishment clause. Dawud Walid, The Root, "Muslim Travel Ban? There Has Never Been an America Without Islam or Muslims," 27 June 2018 Beltre also has a full no-trade clause, courtesy of his 10-and-5 rights. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Trader Jon now open for business. Which Rangers could be dealt?," 14 June 2018 In his ruling, Judge Malcolm Howard said that the policy at the public charter school violated the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution because girls were treated differently than boys. Kayla Epstein, The Seattle Times, "Girls were made to wear skirts at school to ‘preserve chivalry.’ So they sued — and won.," 31 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of clause

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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clause

noun

English Language Learners Definition of clause

grammar : a part of a sentence that has its own subject and verb
: a separate part of a legal document

clause

noun
\ ˈklȯz How to pronounce clause (audio) \

Kids Definition of clause

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.”

clause

noun
\ ˈklȯz How to pronounce clause (audio) \

Legal Definition of clause

: a distinct section of a writing specifically : a distinct article, stipulation, or proviso in a formal document a no-strike clause in the collective bargaining agreement

Other Words from clause

clausal \ ˈklȯ-​zəl How to pronounce clausal (audio) \ adjective

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