(grammar) an expression including a subject and predicate but not constituting a complete sentence
a separate section of a legal document (as a statute or contract or will)
A group of two or more words which include a subject and any necessary predicate (the predicate also includes a verb, conjunction, or a preposition) to begin the clause; however, this clause is not considered a sentence for colloquial purposes.
A verb along with its subject and their modifiers. If a clause provides a complete thought on its own, then it is an independent (superordinate) clause; otherwise, it is (subordinate)dependent.
A separate part of a contract, a will or another legal document.
To amend (a bill of lading or similar document).
a separate portion of a written paper, paragraph, or sentence; an article, stipulation, or proviso, in a legal document
a subordinate portion or a subdivision of a sentence containing a subject and its predicate
see Letters clause / close, under Letter
Origin: [F. clause, LL. clausa, equiv. to L. clausula clause, prop., close of rhetorical period, close, fr. claudere to shut, to end. See Close.]
In grammar, a clause is the smallest grammatical unit that can express a complete proposition. A typical clause consists of a subject and a predicate, where the predicate is typically a verb phrase – a verb together with any objects and other modifiers. However the subject is sometimes not expressed; this is often the case in null-subject languages, if the subject is retrievable from context, but it also occurs in certain cases in other languages such as English. A simple sentence usually consists of a single finite clause with a finite verb that is independent. More complex sentences may contain multiple clauses. Main clauses are those that could stand as a sentence by themselves. Subordinate clauses are those that would be awkward or nonsensical if used alone.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
klawz, n. a sentence or part of a sentence: an article or part of a contract, will, &c.—adj. Claus′ular, pertaining to, or consisting of, a clause or clauses. [Fr. clause—L. clausus—claudĕre, to shut.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'clause' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2750
Rank popularity for the word 'clause' in Nouns Frequency: #930
The numerical value of clause in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of clause in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
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Translations for clause
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- جملة, بندArabic
- клауза, параграфBulgarian
- Teilsatz, Nebensatz, KlauselGerman
- ρήτρα, όροςGreek
- lause, lauseke, sopimuskohtaFinnish
- clàsScottish Gaelic
- bijzin, clausule, nevenschikkingDutch
- cláusula, artigo, oraçãoPortuguese
- sats, klausulSwedish
- điều khoảnVietnamese
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