- Grammar. a syntactic construction containing a subject and predicate and forming part of a sentence or constituting a whole simple sentence.
- a distinct article or provision in a contract, treaty, will, or other formal or legal written document.
Origin of clause
Examples from the Web for sub-clause
See Bill, clauses 10-19, and note especially clause 12, sub-clause (I).A Leap in the Dark
The same superfluous words appeared in Sub-clause (No. 9) about Corporations.The Framework of Home Rule
See the Government of Ireland Bill, clause 25, sub-clause (a), (b) and (c).England's Case Against Home Rule
Albert Venn Dicey
- a subordinate section of a larger clause in a document, contract, etc
Word Origin and History for sub-clause
c.1200, "a sentence, a brief statement, a short passage," from Old French clause "stipulation" (in a legal document), 12c., from Medieval Latin clausa "conclusion," used in the sense of classical Latin clausula "the end, a closing, termination," also "end of a sentence or a legal argument," from clausa, fem. noun from past participle of claudere "to close, to shut, to conclude" (see close (v.)). Grammatical sense is from c.1300. Legal meaning "distinct condition, stipulation, or proviso" is recorded from late 14c. in English. The sense of "ending" seems to have fallen from the word between Latin and French.