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clause meaning

EN[klɔːz] [-ɔːz]
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WClause
  • In grammar, a clause is the smallest grammatical unit that can express a complete proposition.
  • A simple sentence usually consists of a single finite clause with a finite verb that is independent. More complex sentences may contain multiple clauses. Main clauses (i.e.
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    Definition of clause in English Dictionary

  • NounPLclauses
    1. (Can we clean up(+) this sense?) (grammar) INF A group of two or more words which include a subject and any necessary predicate (the predicate also includes a verb, conjunction, or a preposition) to begin the clause; however, this clause is not considered a sentence for colloquial purposes.
      1. (grammar) A verb along with its subject and their modifiers. If a clause provides a complete thought on its own, then it is an independent (superordinate) clause; otherwise, it is (subordinate) dependent.
        1. (law) A separate part of a contract, a will or another legal document.
        2. VerbSGclausesPRclausingPT, PPclaused
          1. VT (shipping) To amend (a bill of lading or similar document).
            1. The question of clausing the bills of lading, so as to avoid "dirtying", which impairs its negotiability, may also be looked into
        3. More Examples
          1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
            • The free-exercise clause tells us that that religion is especially favored and the establishment clause tells us that it is especially feared (the state should avoid entanglement with that stuff).
            • The tax increase legislation included a sunset clause requiring renewal to prevent the tax increase from expiring.
            • The Lemon test appears to compartmentalize the factors that are dispositive in establishment clause cases and hints at precision in both analysis and outcome.
        • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
          1. Nouns
            • Countable nouns
            • Verbs
              • Transitive verbs
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            Meaning of clause for the defined word.

            Grammatically, this word "clause" is a noun, more specifically, a countable noun. It's also a verb, more specifically, a transitive verb.
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