- 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
in terrorem clause
- a clause in a will stating that a beneficiary who contests the will shall lose his or her legacy.
Origin of in terrorem clause
Related Wordsrequirement, section, passage, article, stipulation, provision, specification, paragraph, chapter, limitation, proviso, codicil, point, heading, joker, item, part, kicker, catch, ultimatum
Examples from the Web for clause
Sanford hits back at Sullivan, who “has certainly not lived up to this clause.”Mark Sanford’s Epic Facebook Overshare
September 12, 2014
There may even be a clause in her contract by which she has to agree to certain content restrictions.Sarah Palin Is Perfect for ‘The View’
July 15, 2014
But an aspect that is particularly troubling is that such a clause exists at all.Sex Workers Deserve Health Care, Too
May 20, 2014
Although the text seems straightforward on its face, the meaning of the Clause cannot be found in its words.Judges Now Recognize Anti-Gay Marriage Laws Are Irrational
Geoffrey R. Stone
April 3, 2014
Tapsic would sign a contract with Brooklyn and had a clause where he could not be sent down to the minor leagues.Playing Pinochle and Breaking Barriers With Jackie Robinson
March 30, 2014
I showed him my clause, and we went over it together twice or thrice.The Uncommercial Traveller
The third clause was about the growth and spread of anarchism.The Eternal City
Any to whom this clause in the articles was distasteful might follow some other leader.Captain Blood
Insert a clause upon postboys, sir, and I 'll second the measure.The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. II (of II)
Charles James Lever
By that clause Nikita was to be Prince Michael's heir, in case he had no son.The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 1
Word Origin and History for 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.