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
Yet beginning with the new, racist constitution of 1890, that education clause has repeatedly been amended.
Wicker inserted a clause in the Senate’s version of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act that would allow the defense secretary to offer a $10 million prize to the successful researcher, as first reported by the Washington Examiner.
Most patients never realize there’s a cheaper cash price because of clauses in contracts between pharmacies and PBMs that bar the drugstore from from telling people there’s a cheaper way to pay.
The CFPB was authorized by the 2010 law that created the bureau, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, to study use of arbitration clauses related to financial products and services.
The move prohibits banks from tucking mandatory arbitration clauses into contracts for credit cards, bank accounts and other financial products.
City officials seem to have anticipated that someone might want to alter the old library in the future, and incorporated a clause in the deed that states the building's facade and vestibule must be preserved by future owners.
But the need to be discreet was paramount in the studio system era where contracts contained morals clauses and the Motion Picture Production Code strictly governed controversial film material.
Experts, including the HNTB study, say such an approach could run afoul of the commerce clause in the U.S. Constitution.
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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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