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clause

[ klawz ]
/ klɔz /
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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.

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Origin of clause

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

OTHER WORDS FROM clause

clausal, adjectivesub·claus·al, adjectivesubclause, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH clause

clause , claws
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British Dictionary definitions for clause

clause
/ (klɔːz) /

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 forms of clause

clausal, 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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Cultural definitions for clause

clause

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

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