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clause

Syllabification: clause
Pronunciation: /klôz
 
/

Definition of clause in English:

noun

1A unit of grammatical organization next below the sentence in rank and in traditional grammar said to consist of a subject and predicate. See also main clause, subordinate clause.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2A particular and separate article, stipulation, or proviso in a treaty, bill, or contract.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
section, paragraph, article, subsection;
stipulation, condition, proviso, rider

Origin

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

Derivatives

clausal

1
Pronunciation: /ˈklôzəl/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Problematic sequences that cannot easily be analysed into clausal constituents appear in such contexts as labels, titles, warnings, and greetings.
  • The use of ‘because’ here makes clear that the external speaker is making a judgement about the clausal relationship between the two events described in and from the viewpoint of the discourse's internal protagonist.
  • Having stated this position, Jackendoff immediately points to two cases where syntax and semantics fail to match up; one concerns the grammatical relation of clausal subject, the other the lexical category of noun.

Words that rhyme with clause

applause, Azores, cause, Dors, drawers, gauze, hawse, indoors, Laws, outdoors, pause, plus-fours, quatorze, Santa Claus, taws, tawse, yaws, yours

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