- 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
Related Words for clausesrequirement, section, passage, article, stipulation, provision, specification, paragraph, chapter, limitation, proviso, codicil, point, heading, joker, item, part, kicker, catch, ultimatum
Examples from the Web for clauses
Contemporary Examples of clauses
Senhor José remains stationary, but this lengthy series of clauses propels the reader along an unmarked path.The Lost Novel of Nobel-Winner José Saramago
January 5, 2015
Italy and Greece both have clauses under which women can give birth anonymously.Europe’s Growing Crisis of Abandoned Babies
Barbie Latza Nadeau
July 11, 2012
Ted had a similar compact with John Kennedy: Be direct, and to the point; use short words and clauses; aim for clarity.JFK’s Intellectual Remembered
December 10, 2010
Historical Examples of clauses
Perhaps you would like to become acquainted with some clauses in it.A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
Guy De Maupassant
"The joining together two clauses with a third," etc.; read, "of two clauses," etc.The Verbalist
Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
Select the clauses of the first part that are equal in rank and have the same Shading.
These deal with the relative importance of words, phrases, or clauses.
What clauses in this paragraph are really parenthetical in force?
Word Origin 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.