clause /'klȯz/ n: a distinct section of a writing; specif: a distinct article, stipulation, or proviso in a formal document
a no-strike clause in the collective bargaining agreement
claus·al /'klȯ-zəl/ adj

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun article, caput, condition, conditiosine qua non, contract, covenant, exception, exemption, limitation, membrum, paragraph, pars, passage, phrase, proposition, provision, proviso, qualification, section, sentence, specification, stipulation, term associated concepts: commerce clause, commercial clause, enacting clause, escalation clause, forfeiture clause, grandfather clause, incontestable clause, loss payable clause, most favored nation clause, penalty clause, residuary clause, saving clause, specific clause, spendthrift clause, standard mortagagee clause, sunsetting clause foreign phrases:
- Clausula generalis de residuo non ea complectitur quae non ejusdem sint generis cum lis quae speclatim dicta fuerant. — A general clause concerning the remainder does not include those matters which are not of the same kind with those which have been specially expressed
- Clausula generalis non refertur ad expressa. — A general clause does not refer to things expressly mentioned.
- Clausula quae abrogationem excludit ab initio non valet. — A clause which forbids its abrogation is invalid from the beginning.
- Clausula vel dispositio inutilis per praesumptionem remotam, vel causam ex post facto non fuicitur. — A useless clause or provision is not supported by a remote presumption, or by a cause that arises afterwards
- Clausulae inconsuetae semper inducunt suspicionem. — Unusual clauses always arouse suspicion
II index amendment (legislation), article (distinct section of a writing), caption, chapter (division), condition (contingent provision), limitation, phrase, subheading, term (provision), title (division)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

A paragraph, stipulation, or article in a legal document such as a contract or pleading.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

1. part of a document.
2. part of a Bill that, if it becomes an Act of Parliament, will become a section.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

A section, phrase, paragraph, or segment of a legal document, such as a contract, deed, will, or constitution, that relates to a particular point.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

A section, phrase, paragraph, or segment of a legal document, such as a contract, deed, will, or constitution, that relates to a particular point.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.


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  • clause — [ kloz ] n. f. • XIIIe; « vers, rime » 1190; bas lat. clausa, de claudere « clore », lat. class. clausula ♦ Disposition particulière d un acte. ⇒ condition, convention, disposition. Les clauses d un contrat, d une loi, d un traité. Respecter,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • clause — [klɔːz ǁ klɒːz] noun [countable] LAW COMMERCE a part of a written law, contract, or legal document that deals with a particular item or subject: • Clause 12 enables the Secretary of State to make orders to protect pension rights. asˈsignment… …   Financial and business terms

  • clause — CLAUSE. s. f. Disposition particulière faisant partie d un traité, d un Édit, d un contrat, et de tout autre Acte public ou particulier, etc. Clause expresse. Clause conditionnelle. Mettre, insérer, ajouter une clause dans un contrat, Glisser une …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • clause — Clause. s. f. Condition qu on met dans un traitté, dans un contract, dans un testament &c. Clause expresse. clause conditionnelle. clause dérogatoire. mettre, inserer, adjouster, glisser une clause. on y a mis des clauses avantageuses pour luy.… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Clause — 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}.] 1. A separate portion of a written paper, paragraph, or sentence; an article, stipulation, or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Clause — ist die Wortgruppe im Satz, die aus einem finiten Verb (Personalform eines Verbs) und den von ihm abhängigen Wörtern besteht.[1] Der Begriff wird in der Quantitativen Linguistik oft als leicht bestimmbare, annähernde Entsprechung zu und damit… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • clause — [klôz] n. [OFr < ML clausa, for L clausula, a closing (in legal use, section or clause) < clausus, pp. of claudere, to CLOSE2] 1. Gram. a group of words containing a subject and a finite verb, usually forming part of a compound or complex… …   English World dictionary

  • Clause — Clause, n. [Obs.] See {Letters clause} or {Letters close}, under {Letter}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • clause — W2S3 [klo:z US klo:z] n [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: Medieval Latin clausa end of a sentence , from Latin claudere; CLOSE1] 1.) a part of a written law or legal document covering a particular subject of the whole law or document ▪ A… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • clause — [ klɔz ] noun count * 1. ) a part of a legal document or law that officially states that something must be done: A clause in the contract states that the fee will be returned in case of nonperformance. 2. ) LINGUISTICS a group of words that… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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