Clause (?), n. [F. clause, LL. clausa, equiv. to L. clausula clause, prop., close of rhetorical period, close, fr. claudere to shut, to end. See Close.]


A separate portion of a written paper, paragraph, or sentence; an article, stipulation, or proviso, in a legal document.

The usual attestation clause to a will. Bouvier.

2. Gram.

A subordinate portion or a subdivision of a sentence containing a subject and its predicate.


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Clause, n. [Obs.] See Letters clause ∨ close, under Letter.


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