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clause US English

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

clause US Thesaurus

a new clause in the treaty

main clause US English

A clause that can form a complete sentence standing alone, having a subject and a predicate

escape clause US English

A clause in a contract that specifies the conditions under which one party can be freed from an obligation

final clause US English

A clause expressing purpose or intention (e.g. one introduced by in order that or lest)

let-out clause US English

A clause specifying a circumstance in which the terms of an agreement or contract shall not apply

saving clause US English

A provision in a contract, statute, or other legal document containing an exemption from one or more of its conditions or obligations

small clause US English

A clause which contains neither a finite verb nor the infinitive marker ‘to’, for example him groan in I heard him groan

contact clause US English

A relative clause appended without a relative pronoun to the noun phrase that governs it, as in the man I saw yesterday

gagging clause US English

A condition in a contract of employment forbidding an employee from publicly disclosing information about their employer or work

objects clause US English

A clause in a memorandum of association specifying the objects for which the company was established

conscience clause US English

A clause that makes concessions to the consciences of those affected by a law

escalator clause US English

A clause in a contract that allows for an increase or a decrease in wages or prices under certain conditions

exclusion clause US English

(In a contract) a clause disclaiming liability for a particular risk

grandfather clause US English

A clause exempting certain classes of people or things from the requirements of a piece of legislation affecting their previous rights, privileges, or practices

subordinate clause US English

A clause, typically introduced by a conjunction, that forms part of and is dependent on a main clause (e.g., “when it rang” in “she answered the phone when it rang”)

Establishment Clause US English

The clause in the First Amendment of the US Constitution that prohibits the establishment of religion by Congress

subclause US English

A subsidiary section of a clause in a bill, contract, or treaty


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