Clause Definition

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noun
clauses
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)
Webster's New World
A particular article, stipulation, or provision in a formal or legal document.
Webster's New World
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.
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verb

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

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Other Word Forms of Clause

Noun

Singular:
clause
Plural:
clauses

Origin of Clause

  • From Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin clausa (“a clause”) (Latin diminutive clausula (“a clause, close of a period”)), from Latin clausus, past participle of claudere (“to shut, close”); see close.

    From Wiktionary

  • 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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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