clause

[klawz]

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. claudius,
  2. claudius i,
  3. claudius ii,
  4. claught,
  5. clausal,
  6. clausewitz,
  7. clausewitz, karl von,
  8. clausius,
  9. clausius cycle,
  10. clausius, rudolf julius emanuel

Origin of clause

1175–1225; Middle English claus(e) (< Anglo-French) < Medieval Latin clausa, back formation from Latin clausula clausula

Related formsclaus·al, adjectivesub·claus·al, adjectivesub·clause, noun

Can be confusedclause claws

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British Dictionary definitions for clausal

clause

noun

grammar a group of words, consisting of a subject and a predicate including a finite verb, that does not necessarily constitute a sentenceSee also main clause, subordinate clause, coordinate clause
a section of a legal document such as a contract, will, or draft statute
Derived Formsclausal, adjective

Word Origin for clause

C13: from Old French, from Medieval Latin clausa a closing (of a rhetorical period), back formation from Latin clausula, from claudere to close

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Word Origin and History for clausal
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Culture definitions for clausal

clause

A group of words in a sentence that contains a subject and predicate. (See dependent clause and independent clause.)

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