(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
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
There is no grandfather clause. No provision in the deal gives signed contracts special status.
The ISDS clause, if retained, would mean we'd be a step closer to corporations writing our laws instead of governments.
It looks like he’s doing constituent services, and that doesn’t get you the shield of the speech and debate clause.
The oil company wants to impose a clause that leaves the door open to continue suing the country and that is unacceptable.
In the new Safe Harbour there will be a suspension clause, saying that under concrete conditions we are going to suspend (it).
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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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