a provision in a contract that enables a party to terminate contractual obligations in specified circumstances.
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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 escape clause
First recorded in 1940–45
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a clause in a contract freeing one of the parties from his obligations in certain circumstances
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