[ klawz ]
/ klɔz /
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
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
/ (klɔːz) /
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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Culture definitions for clausal
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