- The definition of a clause is a part of a sentence in grammar. It is also a specific portion of a bill or treaty.
- An example of a clause in the sentence "There are many people in the US; all of them are free is "there are many people in the US."
- An example of a clause is the portion of Title VII that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender or nationality.
clause definition by Webster's New World
- Gram. a group of words containing a subject and a finite verb, usually forming part of a compound or complex sentence: clauses may be joined by parataxis (The house is secluded; you will like it), by modified parataxis (The house is secluded, and you will like it), and by hypotaxis (Because the house is secluded, you will like it)
- a particular article, stipulation, or provision in a formal or legal document
Origin: Old French ; from Midieval Latin clausa, for Classical Latin clausula, a closing (in legal use, section or clause) ; from clausus, past participle of claudere, to close
clause definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Grammar A group of words containing a subject and a predicate and forming part of a compound or complex sentence.
- A distinct article, stipulation, or provision in a document.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin clausa, close of a rhetorical period, from feminine of Latin clausus, past participle of claudere, to close.
- clausˈal adjective