a clause or article in an act or law that exempts persons whose conscientious or religious scruples forbid their compliance.
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Coordinating Between Independent and Dependent Clauses
You might have seen these terms floating around. Clauses are the building blocks of sentences. They’re groups of related words (phrases) that contain both a subject and a verb. When a clause can stand alone as a complete sentence with a clear meaning, it’s considered independent. If it only makes sense when you join it with another clause, it’s dependent (or subordinate). For example, “in …
Origin of conscience clause
First recorded in 1865–70
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a clause in a law or contract exempting persons with moral scruples
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