• A verb, its necessary grammatical arguments, and any adjuncts affecting them.
  • 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.
  • A separate part of a contract, a will or another legal document.



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  • From Middle English clause, claus, borrowed from Old French clause, from Medieval Latin clausa (Latin diminutive clausula), from Latin clausus, past participle of claudere. See close, its doublet.

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