independent clause

noun

Definition of independent clause

grammar
:a clause that could be used by itself as a simple sentence but that is part of a larger sentence

Word by Word Definitions

independent play
  1. : not dependent: such as

  2. : not subject to control by others : self-governing

  3. : not affiliated with a larger controlling unit

  1. : a sectarian of an English religious movement for congregational autonomy originating in the late 16th century, giving rise to Congregationalists, Baptists, and Friends, and forming one of the major political groupings of the period of Cromwell

  2. : one that is independent

clause play
  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

  2. : a separate section of a discourse (see 1discourse 3) or writing


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