Meaning of clause in English:


Pronunciation /klɔːz/

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

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

    ‘Contracts often have choice-of-law clauses, specifying the law to be applied.’
    • ‘Also, I say to the Minister that it does not appear to me that there is a treaty clause in the bill.’
    • ‘Under a provision referred to as clause 24 of the contract there was a time limit.’
    • ‘He said the deals were subject to confidentiality clauses and he could not comment on the names of the operators.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In fact, there are more clauses than that, because a number of clauses have additional lettered clauses.’
    • ‘An alternative to limitation of liability clauses are liquidated damages clauses.’
    • ‘The rent review clause predicated the existence of an open market for the property.’
    • ‘He told the prime minister two simple clauses would suffice, and take minimal parliamentary time.’
    • ‘Then we go a little further on and find that the clauses expressly state that all bets are off.’
    • ‘It will remove the clause for all new policies from January.’
    • ‘One of those clauses that I am referring to in particular is clause 409, which was added to the bill.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Further clauses are aimed at curbing freedom of expression and the right to information.’
    • ‘In particular, make sure it is for a fixed term and that there is a break clause to terminate it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The clauses also provide for jail terms for violations of labor rulings.’
    • ‘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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Middle English via Old French clause, based on Latin claus- ‘shut, closed’, from the verb claudere.