- Grammar. a syntactic construction containing a subject and predicate and forming part of a sentence or constituting a whole simple sentence.
- a distinct article or provision in a contract, treaty, will, or other formal or legal written document.
- grammar a group of words, consisting of a subject and a predicate including a finite verb, that does not necessarily constitute a sentenceSee also , ,
- a section of a legal document such as a contract, will, or draft statute
1870, from+ (1).
c.1200, “a sentence, a brief statement, a short passage,” from Old French clause “stipulation” (in a legal document), 12c., from Medieval Latin clausa “conclusion,” used in the sense of classical Latin clausula “the end, a closing, termination,” also “end of a sentence or a legal argument,” from clausa, fem. noun from past participle of claudere “to close, to shut, to conclude” (see (v.)). Grammatical sense is from c.1300. Legal meaning “distinct condition, stipulation, or proviso” is recorded from late 14c. in English. The sense of “ending” seems to have fallen from the word between Latin and French.
A group of words in a sentence that contains a See and .)and . (