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.

    • ‘Again, nearly all of the examples in both tables are integrated relative clauses.’
    • ‘I stripped the clauses and the phrases and dug into the dry dirt of my notes.’
    • ‘Associated with these tendencies was a greater focus on single words, rather than on phrases or clauses.’
    • ‘This phenomenon is known as ellipsis and often occurs when clauses are conjuncted.’
    • ‘A grounded clause corresponds to the traditional category of finite clause.’
    • ‘In each sentence above, two clauses are linked by clause-chaining without conjunctions.’
    • ‘The trick is to make the meaning slide ambiguously from clause to clause, from sentence to sentence.’
    • ‘Such clauses reflect a growing English self-consciousness, partly expressed in linguistic terms.’
    • ‘A restrictive clause is one which limits, or restricts, the scope of the noun it is referring to.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When I get around to putting those clauses in a cohesive sentence, I'll get back to you.’
    • ‘Is it possible to use the following clauses when referring to the future?’
    • ‘Each experimental group was given instruction on the formation of only one type of relative clause.’
    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.

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

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

Pronunciation:

clause

/klôz/