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descriptive clause

nonrestrictive clause

noun, Grammar.
a relative clause that describes or supplements but is not essential in establishing the identity of the antecedent and is usually set off by commas in English. In This year, which has been dry, is bad for crops the clause which has been dry is a nonrestrictive clause.
Also called descriptive clause.
Origin of nonrestrictive clause
First recorded in 1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The clause introduced by which is presumably a descriptive clause.

    Plain English

    Marian Wharton
  • Then follows a second descriptive clause, of which no altogether satisfactory interpretation has yet been given.

  • I need not, I suppose, do more than say one word about that descriptive clause in my text, It 'passeth understanding.'

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren

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