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nonrestrictive clause

noun, Grammar.
1.
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
1925-1930
First recorded in 1925-30
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  • The non-restrictive clause is shown in , the restrictive clause in .

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  • To distinguish an appositive clause from a restrictive clause, the former is called a non-restrictive clause.

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