clause

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noun \ˈklȯz\

Definition of clause

  1. 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. 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

  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

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Origin and Etymology 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

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms



CLAUSE Defined for English Language Learners

clause

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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

clause

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noun \ˈklȯz\

Definition of clause for Students

  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.”


Law Dictionary

clause

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noun \ˈklȯz\

Legal Definition of clause

  1. :  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

clausal

\ˈklȯ-zəl\ play adjective


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