Definitions for: Clause


[n] (grammar) an expression including a subject and predicate but not constituting a complete sentence
[n] a separate section of a legal document (as a statute or contract or will)



Webster (1913) Definition: Clause, n. [F. clause, LL. clausa, equiv. to L.
clausula clause, prop., close of ? rhetorical period, close,
fr. claudere to shut, to end. See Close.]
1. A separate portion of a written paper, paragraph, or
sentence; an article, stipulation, or proviso, in a legal
document.

The usual attestation clause to a will. --Bouvier.

2. (Gram.) A subordinate portion or a subdivision of a
sentence containing a subject and its predicate.


Clause, n. [Obs.]
See Letters clause or close, under Letter.

Synonyms: article

See Also: arbitration clause, construction, deductible, dependent clause, document, escalator, escalator clause, expression, grammatical construction, independent clause, main clause, papers, relative clause, rider, section, sentence, subdivision, subordinate clause, written document

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