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subordinate clause

noun Grammar.
  1. a clause that modifies the principal clause or some part of it or that serves a noun function in the principal clause, as when she arrived in the sentence I was there when she arrived or that she has arrived in the sentence I doubt that she has arrived.
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Compare main clause.
Also called de·pend·ent clause.
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British Dictionary definitions for dependent clause

dependent clause

noun
  1. grammar another term for subordinate clause
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subordinate clause

noun
  1. grammar a clause with an adjectival, adverbial, or nominal function, rather than one that functions as a separate sentence in its own rightCompare coordinate clause, main clause
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dependent clause in Culture

dependent clause

A clause that does not stand alone as a sentence but depends on another clause to complete its meaning: “When I get my braces off, I will be very happy.” Dependent clauses are also known as subordinate clauses. (Compare independent clause.)

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