Definition of escape clause in English:

escape clause


  • A contract provision which specifies the conditions under which a party can be freed from an obligation.

    • ‘Under the World Trade Organization, any member is allowed to impose a temporary escape clause or safeguard relief from imports for up to eight years, provided those imports are causing serious injury to the competing domestic industry.’
    • ‘Granted, there is an escape clause in the contract but it is limited to a specific injury and for a specific time period.’
    • ‘Not only do smaller companies want to have an escape clause that lets them exit a relationship that is not meeting established quality and timeline benchmarks, they need to protect their intellectual property and future.’
    • ‘But the heads of state or of government also built in an escape clause, namely that the adopted sanctions will not be imposed if the disproportionately large budget deficit is due to extraordinary circumstances.’
    • ‘The club negotiated an escape clause, giving it the option to buy back the freehold every five years.’
    • ‘The contract has an escape clause that allows him the right to opt out within seven days of Sunday's final game in San Diego.’
    • ‘This law, the so-called escape clause or safeguard law, provides protection to industries injured by imports.’
    • ‘However, he said the indefinite agreement did have an escape clause in case one party wanted to pursue other avenues.’
    • ‘In most cases, private military companies can legally withdraw their employees if faced with danger in a combat zone - an escape clause that worries many military officials.’
    • ‘Similar legislation passed the US House and Senate last year, but it included an escape clause that was invoked by both the Clinton and Bush administrations, which said that the import plan would not be safe.’
    • ‘There also was an escape clause inserted in the treaty which allowed testing to be resumed after three months' notice.’
    • ‘Such an escape clause is dangerous, because it can be over-used.’
    means of avoidance, means of evasion, means of escape, escape route
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