Definition of clause in English:

clause

noun

  • 1A unit of grammatical organization next below the sentence in rank and in traditional grammar said to consist of a subject and predicate.

    • ‘Associated with these tendencies was a greater focus on single words, rather than on phrases or clauses.’
    • ‘In each sentence above, two clauses are linked by clause-chaining without conjunctions.’
    • ‘When I get around to putting those clauses in a cohesive sentence, I'll get back to you.’
    • ‘This phenomenon is known as ellipsis and often occurs when clauses are conjuncted.’
    • ‘A restrictive clause is one which limits, or restricts, the scope of the noun it is referring to.’
    • ‘Again, nearly all of the examples in both tables are integrated relative clauses.’
    • ‘Each experimental group was given instruction on the formation of only one type of relative clause.’
    • ‘A grounded clause corresponds to the traditional category of finite clause.’
    • ‘I stripped the clauses and the phrases and dug into the dry dirt of my notes.’
    • ‘Such clauses reflect a growing English self-consciousness, partly expressed in linguistic terms.’
    • ‘What we really have here is an adjectival clause qualifying potentially a noun phrase or a noun.’
    • ‘I should have known as soon as they used a clause in a sentence it was a bad idea.’
    • ‘Is it possible to use the following clauses when referring to the future?’
    • ‘The trick is to make the meaning slide ambiguously from clause to clause, from sentence to sentence.’
    expression, group of words, word group, construction, locution, wording, term, turn of phrase, idiom, idiomatic expression, set phrase, phrasal idiom, phrasal verb
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  • 2A particular and separate article, stipulation, or proviso in a treaty, bill, or contract.

    • ‘He said the deals were subject to confidentiality clauses and he could not comment on the names of the operators.’
    • ‘It will remove the clause for all new policies from January.’
    • ‘Also, I say to the Minister that it does not appear to me that there is a treaty clause in the bill.’
    • ‘An alternative to limitation of liability clauses are liquidated damages clauses.’
    • ‘In particular, make sure it is for a fixed term and that there is a break clause to terminate it.’
    • ‘Under a provision referred to as clause 24 of the contract there was a time limit.’
    • ‘The clauses also provide for jail terms for violations of labor rulings.’
    • ‘The rent review clause predicated the existence of an open market for the property.’
    • ‘One of those clauses that I am referring to in particular is clause 409, which was added to the bill.’
    • ‘I guess it is only proper that some comments might have been made that flag concerns with those clauses.’
    • ‘It is also submitted that the term of five years was in any event subject to break clauses and was not for that reason a term of years certain.’
    • ‘Contracts often have choice-of-law clauses, specifying the law to be applied.’
    • ‘In fact, there are more clauses than that, because a number of clauses have additional lettered clauses.’
    • ‘Then we go a little further on and find that the clauses expressly state that all bets are off.’
    • ‘I shall refer to the clauses that deal with the age-limits in various gambling organisations.’
    • ‘It is further notable that whilst some clauses of Magna Carta talk in terms of lords and tenants, others refer to free men generally.’
    • ‘Two clauses were responsible, the equal protection clause and the due process clause.’
    • ‘He told the prime minister two simple clauses would suffice, and take minimal parliamentary time.’
    • ‘Further clauses are aimed at curbing freedom of expression and the right to information.’
    • ‘Planning documents can be complex and there can be hidden clauses within certain policies.’
    section, paragraph, article, subsection, note, item, point, passage, part, heading
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Origin

Middle English: via Old French clause, based on Latin claus- ‘shut, closed’, from the verb claudere.

Pronunciation

clause

/klɔːz/