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 IV — historically refers to part of the 1918 text of the British Labour Party constitution which set out the aims and values of the party. Before its revision in 1995, its application was the subject of considerable dispute. Contents 1 Text 2… …   Wikipedia

  • Clause 49 — of the Listing Agreement to the Indian stock exchange comes into effect from 31 December 2005. It has been formulated for the improvement of corporate governance in all listed companies. In corporate hierarchy two types of managements are… …   Wikipedia

  • 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 28 —    Clause 28 is the short name for a section in the Local Government Act of 1988 which made it illegal for local authorities to ‘promote homosexuality’. The clause was widely opposed on marches, vigils and protests, and opponents developed a high …   Encyclopedia of contemporary British culture

  • 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

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