What does Clause mean?

Definitions for Clause

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. clausenoun

    (grammar) an expression including a subject and predicate but not constituting a complete sentence

  2. article, clausenoun

    a separate section of a legal document (as a statute or contract or will)


  1. clausenoun

    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.

  2. clausenoun

    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.

  3. clausenoun

    A separate part of a contract, a will or another legal document.

  4. clauseverb

    To amend (a bill of lading or similar document).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Clausenoun

    Etymology: clausula, Latin.

    God may be glorified by obedience, and obeyed by performance of his will, although no special clause or sentence of scripture be in every such action set before men’s eyes to warrant it. Richard Hooker, b. ii. sect. 2.

    The clause is untrue which they add, concerning the bishop. Richard Hooker, b. iv. sect. 4.

    When, after his death, they were sent both to Jews and Gentiles, we find not this clause in their commission. South.


  1. Clause

    In language, a clause is a constituent that comprises a semantic predicand (expressed or not) and a semantic predicate. A typical clause consists of a subject and a syntactic predicate, the latter typically a verb phrase composed of a verb with any objects and other modifiers. However, the subject is sometimes unvoiced if it is retrievable from context, especially in null-subject language but also in other languages, including English instances of the imperative mood. A complete simple sentence includes a single clause with a finite verb. Complex sentences contain multiple clauses including at least one independent clause (meaning, a clause that can stand alone as a simple sentence) coordinated either with at least one dependent clause (also called an embedded clause) or with one or more independent clauses.


  1. clause

    A clause is a group of words in a sentence that includes a subject and a predicate (verb). It can be either a part of a complex sentence or a complete sentence itself. Clauses are mainly categorized into two: Independent clause (or main clause) that can stand alone as a complete sentence, and Dependent clause (or subordinate clause) which cannot convey a complete meaning on its own and depends on the main clause to make sense.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Clausenoun

    a separate portion of a written paper, paragraph, or sentence; an article, stipulation, or proviso, in a legal document

  2. Clausenoun

    a subordinate portion or a subdivision of a sentence containing a subject and its predicate

  3. Clausenoun

    see Letters clause / close, under Letter

  4. Etymology: [F. clause, LL. clausa, equiv. to L. clausula clause, prop., close of rhetorical period, close, fr. claudere to shut, to end. See Close.]


  1. Clause

    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

  1. Clause

    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. claususclaudĕre, to shut.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Clause is ranked #21633 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Clause surname appeared 1,205 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Clause.

    90.9% or 1,096 total occurrences were White.
    3.9% or 48 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    2% or 25 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.4% or 17 total occurrences were Black.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Clause' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2750

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Clause' in Nouns Frequency: #930

Anagrams for Clause »

  1. caelus

  2. caules

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Clause in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Clause in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Clause in a Sentence

  1. Rod Rosenstein:

    Most people are familiar with the first clause of our oath, the requirement to 'support and defend the Constitution.' But some overlook the final clause: to 'well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office,' the first obligation is generic. It imposes a duty to pursue the national interest over any private interest. That applies equally to all government employees.

  2. Frank I. Cobb:

    The Bill of Rights is a born rebel. It reeks with sedition. In every clause it shakes its fist in the face of constituted authority... It is the one guarantee of human freedom to the American people.

  3. First Liberty:

    Too often, we have seen well-meaning school officials thinking they are complying with the Establishment Clause mistakenly go too far and censor the private speech of students, violating students’ rights under the Free Speech Clause.

  4. Joshua Matz:

    There is a real appetite on the part of the conservative majority to rapidly expand the Free Exercise Clause while shrinking the Establishment Clause to a vanishing point.

  5. John Colombo:

    Changing the pension clause really only changes one layer of the protection. You’ve still got to deal with the second layer, which is the contracts clause.

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