clause

[ klawz ]
/ klɔz /

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.

Origin of clause

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

Related forms

claus·al, adjectivesub·claus·al, adjectivesub·clause, noun

Can be confused

clause claws

Definition for clause (2 of 2)

in terrorem clause

[ in te-rawr-em, -rohr- ]
/ ɪn tɛˈrɔr ɛm, -ˈroʊr- /

noun Law.

a clause in a will stating that a beneficiary who contests the will shall lose his or her legacy.

Origin of in terrorem clause

From the Latin word in terrōrem into terror, i.e., by intimidation, by way of warning
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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

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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Culture 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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