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Definition of "clause" []

  • Grammar A group of words containing a subject and a predicate and forming part of a compound or complex sentence. (noun)
  • A distinct article, stipulation, or provision in a document. (noun)
  • A group of words, consisting of a subject and a predicate including a finite verb, that does not necessarily constitute a sentence (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A section of a legal document such as a contract, will, or draft statute (noun)

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Use "clause" in a sentence
  • "By claiming power under the coinage clause, Mr. Bernanke was behaving a bit like Secretary of State Alexander Haig when, after President Ronald Reagan was shot, he suggested, albeit fleetingly, that he had the constitutional authority of the president."
  • "Some people in the Debian community think that this clause is at odds with the Debian Free Software Guidelines."
  • "This clause is the PJ's protection against being involved in a libel suit because someone on the copy desk decided to be "cute" with the caption."